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Hottest of the Hot? Spiciest of the Spicest? Recs please!

This one only for our true spicehounds/spiceheads. I am hoping to get an article out of this. I did a search of the last year's worth on CH messages before starting the thread.

Hottest curry? What about Pakistani at Al Watan or Al Noor?

Hottest Thai? Jitlada?...what about any place else? (or does Jitlada win simply because more folks have been there?) I've had "medium" at other Thai Town places that was very spicy and made me wonder about their "Thai spicy" level.

While I'm familiar with some of the hottest in the SGV, I would gladly take suggestions and recommendations for the hottest of the hot in the 626 as well (just want to make sure I haven't missed anything).

How about spiciest vegetarian dish? The spicy okra at Tara's? ...or, again, something from Al Watan or Al Noor?

All suggestions/recommendations welcome.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks for the link. I did miss that. Yeah, I had "medium" at Crispy Pork Gang & Grill and it was "very".

    2. In a special place of its own on the menu at Jitlada is the Dynamite Curry.. I love spicy but this is a sadistic joke. Can't recall ever eating anything nearly as hot.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Agreed. I have had the Dynamite Spicy Challenge (once with tofu and mint sauce, once with salmon and curry sauce). Both were "Thai spicy". Both kicked my ass. It's true that eventually your mouth gets numb enough to handle it. But your esophagus does not. Every time I moved, I felt like I was on fire.

        Also, if something is really really spicy (like Jitlada's Dynamite or whole habaneros), the roof of my mouth, all the way to the uvula, burns. Then, both the top left side of my head and my left ear start tingling like crazy.

          1. re: Thor123

            I haven't been to the restaurant, but whenever my SO has had their dishes at tasting events, it's ruined her tongue for the rest of the day.

            For 626, I guess I'd just have to mention Hunan Seafood and Hunan Chili King.

          2. Xiang Wei Lou and No. 1 Noodle House. Ask for any of the dishes to be made with "large heat" (or "da la").

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Thanks. Would that work most places? And, since I'm still learning, how would I say "What's your spiciest dish?" in Mandarin.

              1. re: JThur01

                Try the following:

                Which dish is the spiciest? 哪個是最辣的菜
                (or phonetically, "Nah eee guh tze tzui la de tsai")

                I want to try the spiciest dish. 我想 吃最辣的菜
                (or phonetically, "Wuh shiang tze tzui la de tsai")

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Thanks! That's more what I'm looking for, the hottest/spiciest dishes as they are normally served (without requesting extra).