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Apr 29, 2010 05:25 AM

ISO a spicy fix in Raleigh


I just got back from my first year in college in Boston, where I've been searching for authentic ethnic foods that can satisfy my cravings for spice. After a year, nothing really met my expectations. Can anyone recommend truly spicy food in the Raleigh area?

Just for the record: I generally prefer indian type dishes over mexican, etc, but will take whatever I can get.

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  1. Not sure about Raleigh. Morrisville/Cary has plenty of Indian places and if you don't mind a drive to Chapel Hill/Carrboro... you should stop at Gourmet Kingdom for Szechuan (Sichuan?) dishes that are mouth numbingly wonderful.

    Gourmet Kingdom
    301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      I find in Raleigh it is difficult to convince the staff at ethnic restaurants that you really want spicy food. Try Thai Garden, 1408 Hardimont Road or Seoul Garden on Atlantic. But you must convince the wait staff that you truly want the food spicy.

      Seoul Garden
      4701 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

      1. re: chazzer

        Thai House (not Garden) on Hardimont pours sugar into all its food and it never comes out the way you order it. I've ordered medium spicy and have gotten everything from zero spice to too spicy to eat. Go figure.

        Try Spize Cafe (an informal Asian fusion place) downtown on Fayetteville St (they advertise spicy) or for Chinese Super Wok in Cary has some mighty good hot stuff.

        Thai House
        5592 Whitesville Rd Ste I, Columbus, GA 31904

        Spize Cafe
        121 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

        1. re: TerryG

          Was not sure of the name and looked it up on Google where it was listed as Thai Garden (I think is is listed on the net as both), but agree with you about the inconsistency, it gets back to what I said, they never believe you want it spicy in the first place, if you want it authentic you need to insist on that with the staff.

    2. Tangerine Cafe in Cary has tasty Thai and Asian food. You can order it on a spiciness scale of 1 to 5.

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      1. re: ucctgg

        Sawasdee has 2 locations in Raleigh. I order it "Thai hot", sometimes they make it Thai hot and sometimes they don't. Super Wok in Cary has some spicy food also. At either place, I think it helps to "order well". For me that means, trying to order more authentic dishes rather than the ones that are commonly toned down for "American" palettes, so I don't order kung pao chicken at Super Wok and if I order pad thai at Sawasdee, I tell them it for my kids. Sometimes, they'll ask me if I have a Thai wife.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

          We went to the new Sawasdee location this weekend. We had nice meal and left the place stuffed to the gills. We ordered a couple of dumpling-type apps. For mains, we ordered a spring special of softshell crabs and Evil Jungle Noodles. We ordered the noodles "Thai hot" and they were quite spicy. My nose was running. For dessert, we had some custard and a sticky rice dish. They were tasty as well. All in all, a fine meal and darn reasonable at $81 before tip for 2.

          730 Augusta Rd, Warrenville, SC 29851

      2. Hey Raleighboy,
        I was born in Raleigh and spent my first 18 years there and in Gastonia, High Point, and Asheboro. There is plenty of spicy in Boston! I've been here for a long time. Consider posting on the Boston Area Board to find what you want up here!
        can't help you with Raleigh; when I am there, I go where my parents, brother, and sister want to go.