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Old 09-21-2009, 04:39 PM   #11
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That looks really good, Breezy. I, too, like hot & sour soup; I've been known to turn a package of instant ramen into one. As for my favorite spicy dish, that's an impossible question, so I'm trying to think of ANY spicy dish that's NOT on my favorites list...

I especially like spicy dishes that, not only fire the tongue, but seem to soak into it. Like Chinese dishes from the Hunan province. I'm also a glutton for Chinese ma pao dofu. I've seen it spelled other ways and pao is pronounced more like "bou", and you have to specially ask the kitchen for it at most restaurants in my state. It's a simple spicy sauce of tofu and ground/shredded pork served with rice.

... there's one that is NOT on my list. The spiciest dish I've ever had was at a curry cafe in Tokyo. The stupid menu was a choice of shrimp or beef, the numbers 1 through 7, and a short list of beverages. Confidently, I chose number 7. After two bites, my tongue felt like it was literally blistering from ingesting sulfuric acid. Every subsequent order from their beverage list only intensified the pain. I suffered through just half my plate. It wasn't a gimmick, or extreme cuisine, it was just a lawsuit in-waiting.

Spicy should have depth and complexity, like pairing it with sour.

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:29 PM   #12
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My favorite spicy dish is a Sunday soup served at a little neighborhood place in Isla Mujeres, MX called La Bruja. It is a seafood soup with clams, conch, shrimp, grouper, octopus, lobster & crab in a spicy red broth. If only they had crusty bread to soup up all the yummy flavors, they only have fresh corn tortillas. It is spicy & delicious. After having this fish soup, I am now disappointed with all bouillabaisses or fish stews. It is messy & a lot of work (all the shellfish is in the shell) but it is my absolute favorite. I wish it was served every day!

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Old 09-21-2009, 06:35 PM   #13
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Out? Indian food.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:02 PM   #14
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I like Indian curry dishes, so good.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:14 PM   #15
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like a bit of spice but not to the burning stage. all i can think of is corn salsa.

i use some in cooking but must consider tastes of family. only my son and his wife. like hot.

i bought some hot chili and almost killed myself

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