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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The 10 Best Spicy Dishes in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM

You'll need an extra bottle of water to eat this. - KEVIN HENDERSON
  • Kevin Henderson
  • You'll need an extra bottle of water to eat this.

Lemon-juice cleanses and detox teas, phthah. Some of us clear the system with the purging fire of chiles -- the scouring heat that ignites the lips, the jagged pain that descends from sinuses to diaphragm, the beads of sweat that form on swaths of skin we never knew had sweat glands.

San Francisco does not lack for sweat lodges of the gastronomic kind. The peppers that first made their way east on Portuguese and Spanish trading ships have circumnavigated the globe, returning to the city in the form of Korean stews, Thai salads, and North African condiments. After the jump, here are 10 of the best dishes that set multiple parts of our bodies aflame in 2011. A round of Tums for the house!

JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman

1. Duck larb at Thai House Express

JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman

2. Goat tacos from El Norteño

3. Mandarin lamb from Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant

KEVIN HENDERSON
  • Kevin Henderson

4. Quesadilla roja from Nopalito

You'll need an extra bottle of water to eat this. - KEVIN HENDERSON
  • Kevin Henderson
  • You'll need an extra bottle of water to eat this.

5. Kimchi burrito from John's Snack & Deli

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6. Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi

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7. Mussels with harissa from Nopa

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  • Albert Law/porkbellystudio

8. Sichuan pickles from Mission Chinese Food

JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman

9. Fermented bean-paste stew from To Hyang

GIL RIEGO JR.
  • Gil Riego Jr.

10. Birria from Gallardos

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