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Experienced lover of very spicy ethnic food options seeks recommendations in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area.....Detroit metro area is quite fine, too. Love it all...Thai, Indian, Southeast Asian, Korean, Mexican, Jamaican, African, Middle Eastern, etc. Seeking value and charm more than tourist appeal.

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  1. Hit the Korean restos in Ann Arbor. There are a lot of them, with a decent Korean student population, and they know they have to deliver. You really can't go wrong, and even the little hash houses near campus have good food, but I like Arirang on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. south of I-94. Seoul Garden on Boardwalk is also good. In Ypsilanti try Hana way out on East Michigan Ave. Might also try Dabu at Carpenter and Ellsworth—owner makes her own banchan and is a sort of a Korean home cook, nothing fancy but tasty.

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    1. re: Jim M

      Jim - I am going to have to request that you refrain from using the term "resto", or I won't ever take any of your recommendations seriously again. LOL

      1. re: Jim M

        And BeWon is a nice sture-front place (Plymouth Rd,on the northeast side). Every meal begins with banchan. All of the entrees are spicy.
        Kimchi stew anyone?

      2. Seems you are willing to travel a bit ... Try NeeHee's in Canton. Indian street food. Very tasty/different.

        1. Try the sholbata at Haifa Falafel (Ypsilanti). Unusual, spicy bulgur dish.

          1. Ypbor Yan on Washtenaw for Zi Gong (Salt Miner's Sichuan food)
            http://www.usbgfood.com/

            Samosa House also on Washtenaw for Somali food.

            1. If metro Detroit is fine as well, then Thai Temple in Warren for their Sunday Markets. Papaya salad is very spicy, basil stir frys if you let the cooks make them "Thai Hot," and a bunch of other dishes still unknown to me but that vendors tell me I won't like because they're "very hot." I'm even cautioned against putting too much of the red spice in their terrific noodle soup so apparently that can get seriously spicy as well.

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