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Spicy Food in Philly?

Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 04:07 PM

Chow Hounds, please help!

I am looking for the spiciest food in the Philadelphia area. I mean places that serve dishes that really burn the tongue (but also have flavor) and have you reaching for water (or milk).

I've come across Han Dynasty and the KOJA food truck, but I'd love suggestions from locals on the spiciest places in town. Anything come to mind?

How about a spicy Philly Cheesesteak (if there is such a thing)? I'd love to find unique foods that Philadelphia is known for, just done spicy! All suggestions welcome.


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    InSearchOfTacos RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 04:19 PM

    han dynasty is pretty fantastic- have you actually been or just heard about it?

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      Spicy C RE: InSearchOfTacos Apr 13, 2011 04:22 PM

      Just heard about it (and check out the menu online). Sounds really good, and SPICY! What would you say is the hottest thing on the menu?

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        coookie RE: Spicy C Jun 1, 2011 03:07 PM

        dry pot fish. cumin lamb. dan dan noodles.

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          yummykimmy RE: coookie Jun 1, 2011 07:00 PM

          yes, the dan dan was a totally new mouth freaking out spice for me. love the szechuan peppercorn flavor.

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          pie22 RE: Spicy C Jun 22, 2011 08:17 AM

          all the dry pots are fantastic (i enjoy the fish) and the dry pepper chicken is absolutely fabulous and spicy too..i like to use the spicy cucumbers as a cooling agent for their dishes...definitely recommend you check out han dynasty for spicy foods!

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        mmgth RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 04:24 PM

        There's Szechuan Tasty House (I couldn't finish my order. My fault. Said bring on the heat). As for the cheesesteak, just load it up with hot cherry peppers.

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          barryg RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 04:26 PM

          Koja actually makes a spicy pork bulgogi cheesesteak. I don't know how spicy it really is.

          Han Dynasty definitely. The gumbo at the Khyber is quite spicy and also delicious with real depth of flavor.

          For classic Philly food, grilled long hots and hot cherry peppers can be added to your cheesesteak, hoagie, roast pork, pepper & egg, etc. pretty much anywhere to kick it up a notch.

          Pat's & Geno's, the cheesesteak icons, have pretty mediocre to poor sandwiches but actually have good options for spicy. Geno's has a great thin hot sauce you can ladle on--it's very spicy, be careful--and Pat's has these awesome crispy chili peppers, they're like whole deseeded chilis fried in oil then dried. Not super spicy, but add some background heat. At both places, you add these on your own from the condiment bar. Steve's Prince of Steaks also has a very good thin hot sauce, and their steaks are actually good. But I think it detracts from the sandwich there so I usually don't add it--I like the vinegary spice from from the cherry peppers better,

          Some hoagie and steak shops offer "diablo" versions of sandwiches that are supposed to be spicy, but I'd rather have something traditional and just add peppers.

          Additionally, WMD Hot Sauce on South Street makes some nice hot sauces, they were even doing one with the ghost pepper for a while, it doesn't get much hotter than that.

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            Spicy C RE: barryg Apr 14, 2011 10:25 AM

            Thanks for the great suggestions, Barry! Very helpful... I'll have to look for those Diablo sandwiches. Everything you listed sounds tasty, though!!

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            Philly Ray RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 04:38 PM

            If you go to any of the Mexican taquerias or restaurants, I bet they could dial up something spicier than their menu offerings.

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              InSearchOfTacos RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 06:39 PM

              yes, all very good suggestions

              i also recently tried the cajun place inside reading terminal (iconic philly, you should def make a trip there- just bc its fun and tasty). i had the po boy which was not at all spicy (very good btw) but they did have some other offerings with more of a bite

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                Delucacheesemonger RE: InSearchOfTacos Jun 1, 2011 02:02 PM

                Next time try their muffaletta

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                Chefpaulo RE: Spicy C Apr 13, 2011 10:43 PM

                If ever in the central Montco area near Collegeville, Phamous Phil's Bar-B-Que on Germantown Pike in Evansburg offers "suicide" grade hot sauce. Considering I love heat and his "moderate" is plenty for me, I can't imagine what four notches up from that is like.

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                  barryg RE: Spicy C Jun 1, 2011 01:57 PM

                  Here ya go, the Ghost Pepper cheesesteak:

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                    yummykimmy RE: barryg Jun 1, 2011 06:58 PM

                    this intrigued me, but that picture depicting the ghost pepper cheesesteak looks utterly revolting,

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                      Chefpaulo RE: yummykimmy Jun 2, 2011 05:42 AM

                      Agree. Looks like a mummified corn dog. People actually put that in their mouths?

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                        barryg RE: Chefpaulo Jun 2, 2011 06:03 AM

                        That sounds better than the deep fried rodent I was imagining.

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                          Delucacheesemonger RE: barryg Jun 2, 2011 08:24 AM

                          Deep fried rodent, yum!

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                    pahiker6 RE: Spicy C Jun 2, 2011 01:09 PM

                    Go check out Sammy Chon's K-Two BBQ in Cherry Hill. Try the bulgogi hoagie - I think they call it a koagie - and ask for it spicy.


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                      VTRP RE: pahiker6 Jun 2, 2011 02:29 PM

                      bottom of menu..... that looks tastey.
                      (incredible menu by the way)


                    2. Fitzy31 RE: Spicy C Jun 23, 2011 12:23 PM

                      The Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville has Ghost Chile Wings. I live for heat but these things are just wrong...and so right!!!

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