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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).

            2. Green chile dip from Spicy BBQ in LA. Tiparos Thai in Pasadena makes stuff pretty spicy as does Hollywood Thai in Arcadia on Live Oak just east of Baldwin. They have a green chile dip-thing on their tables that sets my mouth on fire since I cannot seem to refrain from eating it with a fork! The name kept me away from trying it but I am very, very happy that I did. Food is very good.

              1. First, err, "spiciest of the spicest"? Sorry about that.

                Thanks for all the recs, keep 'em coming.

                1. Are you looking for sales-gimmick spicy (Orochon ramen, certain dishes at Jitlada) or authentically spicy? For the authentically spicy category, the heat in Hunan food will send the average Angeleno to the hospital (Hunan Chilli King, San Gabriel). Sri Lankan food is #2 in my experience, but I don’t know any LA restaurants serving this cuisine undiluted.

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                  1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll

                    Looking for authentically spicy, and yes Hunan (both Hunan Chilli King and Hunan Seafood) are on the docket.

                  2. I once had to sign a waiver to eat Nobu Malibu's spiciest tuna roll. Don't know if they still do that - don't even know if there actually is a Nobu Malibu, anymore.

                    It was insanely spicy, and I am a vet of visits to some of the spiciest places to eat in the world -- Sichuan/Hunan/Issan. Was it good? Not really good or bad, just heat and texture.

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                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                      Yes, they reopened now with a space on the ocean. Need to reserve a month in advance now.....

                    2. Hottest thing I've eaten in LA has to be the chiles torreados tacos at Guisados. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't stop sweating. I couldn't finish the dam thing. So hot you feel like your face is going to melt off your skull.

                      You want spicy? Go get that.

                      I suppose normal people just add one of the tiny chiles to a regular carnitas taco or something - but if you ask they'll give you a full taco of them, bound together with some kind of refried bean.

                      Go, get it, report back. It'll cost you 2 bucks and 2 years off your life.

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                      1. re: unagithefish

                        I agree. The Chile Torreados is HOT!!! My eyes were tearing up from the heat. Make sure you have a glass of milk on stand by to cool your mouth and counter act the HEAT.

                      2. Bumping this thread to mention the orange habanero salsa from Birrieria Mexico in Van Nuys. I love spice and the flavor of the salsa is great, but after just a little on a bit of birria and tortilla, my mouth was burning and I was sweating.

                        1. If you are looking for spicy, there is a Belizean market on Western just south of Exposition which had all manner of Marie Sharp's including thier uber hot Beware habanero pepper sauce.

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                          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                            Marie Sharp's just tastes great (Bay Cities also carries it in west LA). Do they have Belikin beer?

                              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                Checked and the store doesn't sell beer, so no Belikin

                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                              I like the Marie sharps.

                              But this is the hottest shit you will ever taste. Pain then runners high.

                              Bottle lasts literally forever.

                              Get this seasonally and all the Marie sharps and more in that joint in the farmers market by Singapore banana leaf

                            2. bull demon king. they have a level four hell challenge beef noodle soup that if you order it and eat it all within something like 30 minutes it's free and you get a t-shirt, otherwise it's $25. i ordered it at regular price just to try it. at that level of spice you really don't taste the soup anymore.

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                              1. re: barryc

                                ... at that level of spice you really don't taste the soup anymore.

                                At Bull Demon King, I would say that's good thing.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  i wouldn't argue with that. i went once because someone in my group wanted to try it. i was underwhelmed. but the request was for spicy, so there it is.

                                  1. re: barryc

                                    Have you tried #1 Noodle House? I thought there beef noodle soup was flaming hot at medium level. I could only imagine how hot, hot is.

                              2. The Torta Ahogada at Mota's Mexican Food in Altadena is pretty darn fiery. Great little neighborhood restaurant we used to go to for lunch all the time when we worked out there.

                                Mota's Mexican Food
                                2397 N Lincoln Ave
                                Altadena, CA 91003

                                1. Have you tried the "super-spicy fish curry" at Lacha Somtum? While it doesn't achieve the heat level of the aforementioned Jitlada "Dynamite" dishes, I suspect once you filter the recommendations here by edibility it will sift out to near the top of the pile. Plus I love the whole dill-and-mint combo they flavor it with...

                                  1. I had a delicious and face-meltingly spicy Shanghai noodle salad at Wat dong moon lek noodle on my first visit. the waitress asked how spicy i wanted it and i said however the chef would make it for himself and it was fantastic and full of both dried red chilies and fresh green thai chiles and jalapenos or serranos. the next time i asked for it the waitress asked for a heat level out of 1-10 and i said 9 and she tried to talk me out of it. i assured her i could handle it but it ended up being more like a five. disappointing since that often happens at Jitlada too.

                                    1. Burritos in Wilmington numb your forehead