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Zabb Elee - less spicy?

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Went to Zabb Elee for dinner last night and did the usual - most dishes level 2 (which is usually plently spicy) and one level 3 for a little extra oomph. Seemed as though everything across the board was less spicy than before, though. It's been a couple months since we've been, so I'm wondering if there've been changes. Anyone been recently and noticed similar? Wondering if it was just a fluke, or if they've lightened it up and we need to increase to level 4 or 5 to get our heat on...

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Zabb Elee
75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. I went the other night and ordered level 5, Thai spicy. They warned me and I told them I was ok with it and have spent time in Thailand. It was the best meal I've had there in half a dozen trips. The spice level was at the very threshold of what I can handle.

    1. My threshold for spice seems to be a bit high, and I ordered a few dishes at spice level 4 a couple of weeks ago. I also got the warning. I thought it was plenty spicy -- good level for me as it was spicy but I could still taste the food.

      1. Had the som tum thai last night at level 3, and it was pretty spicy for me. I had to stop, it was getting to be a bit painful.

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        1. re: kathryn

          I've been back three times since Feb and am still ok with the L5 som tum thai, but they don't hold back. I definitely need sticky rice.

        2. We had some consistency issues (wrt spicing) early on - one time 3 was hot but not insane, the next time i upgraded to 4 and it could have taken paint off furniture. Its been a little while since we have been in but the last few trips 2-3 have been consistently hot but bearable (if i was just ordering for me id say 3 or 4, but im usually with folks who want thinks less incindiary).

          1. The last few times I've been in it definitely has seemed less spicy than the first visit.

            On a separate note, does anyone know offhand the name of the dish with chopped long beans and ground pork? I cannot for the life of me remember...

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            1. re: sashae

              Larb Moo?

              1. re: knucklesandwich

                Sorry, I should have specified. This was an off-menu special one night that I ordered instead of my usual Pad Ped Moo Krob (recommended by the waitress.) Hot dish, not a Larb.