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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.

          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.