Here’s a dish that inspires our ‘PRO BOWL’ headline, because you really need some professional safety equipment near by (like a fire extinguisher) if you’re not familiar the southern Thai curry, kaeng tai pla (แกงไตปลา).
When the waiter goes out of his way to mention the dish is super spicy, even to other Thais be sensible. This is not a challenge on your spice-eating honor. Puffing up your chest and turning to your friends to go, “I CAN’T BELIIIEEEEVE this waiter thinks I can’t eat spicy…” is not a wise decision.
Because what you realize later, especially at places like The Local by Oamthong which specialize in many Southern Thai Dishes, is that ‘damned waiter‘ was actually trying to save your life.
Always remember with these short green bird’s eye chilies, it’s a thin line between ass-scorching spicy and Dante’s Inferno.
Which fiery death would you prefer?