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Nov 19, 2011 11:17 AM

Spiciest dish on the Westside?

Any thoughts?

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  1. Hate to do this to you - but spicy could be bold flavors, or heat. Which are you thinking? Kung Pao anything would work if you like to eat those dried red hot chilis.

    Remember a good friend brought his shit-kicker redneck cowboy racist cousin for dinner over 20 years ago. When to Chung King (on Pico). Warned him about the peppers and he takes a mouthful and puts him in his mouth and chews, his smirk said "You guys are pussies." And 10 seconds later he had finished his beer. Not long after that he consumed both my and his cousins beer and was well into the water and flagging the waiter down.

    So satisfying!

    Chung King Restaurant
    1000 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Kung Pao Restaurant
    4911 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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    1. re: foodiemahoodie

      Great story. The spiciest meal I ever had was also at Chung King on Pico. (more tike 30 years ago). Our friends told us we had to try Chung King, as it was the first Hunan restaurant offering authentic spicy food from the region. I have no idea what I ate, I just remember that beer and water seemed to offer no help. Finally, a sympathetic waiter told me to eat plain white rice . Thankfully, that worked Having now suffered a PTSD, as a result, the spiciest I get is Hot and Sour Soup from Mandarin Kitchen or Changs in Brentwood (which is really delicious).

      Mandarin Kitchen
      1822 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    2. If Hollywood counts as the Westside, then the hands-down-not-even-close winner goes to Jitlada. They have a special section on their menu that talks about a particularly hot curry where you are warned in advance about how hot it is. I have a great tolerance for heat and search out the hottest dishes at Szechuan and Hunanese places in the SGV. I could barely handle four or five small bites of this stuff.

      5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Got to second the Jitlada shout-out. I had one of the Southern Thai curries (crab with pineapple, maybe?) and asked for it "Thai medium". My life flashed before my a good way, but still, a psychedelic experience....

        5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

      2. The Spicy Okra at Tara's Himalayan makes me glad they also serve Lassi...

        Tara's Himalayan
        10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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        1. re: Dommy

          mmmm i forget about Tara's too much. It's good!

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            It really is... they bring it, especially if you ask...