Pok pok spice levels
So I'm looking at trying dinner at pok pok soon. But my dining companion does not quite have a tolerace for heat in food. Certainly not at my level.
Wondering what the typical spice level at pok pok is. For example, recently got the spicy pork sausage and rice cakes at Ssam bar. It was pretty spicy even for my taste. But she couldn't touch it after one bite. Just too much.
I realize the heat varies by dish at pok pok. Looking for a general overview.
it is not very spicy. as an example, the (amazing) wings come in "not spicy" and "spicy", and we got the "spicy" and could barely taste any hotness. however, we were at dinner with a buttered-egg-noodles-are-too-spicy-for-me person (like your companion I guess) and she fanned her face a little and said, "woo!" but still ate them.
the som tam was actually passably spicy; your friend should avoid it.
some dishes, like the yellow dill fish casserole thing, are very good and not spicy at all. easy to pick dishes that your friend can eat.
the rice cakes and sausage at ssam bar are my favorite dish there and they are spicier than anything we had at pok pok.
compared to the best "authentic" thai in ny, maybe three on a one-to-ten heat scale. there are hot peppers in some salads and composed dishes, but if you eat around them, no problem.
not trying to re-open the 'authenticity' discussion, just noting that richer riffs off classic thai, rather than replicating it. and i *do* like the place.
Have you read the various CH threads on Pok Pok? A cursory glance reveals that not every dish is spicy and a sauce or two might be "overbearing."