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"Thai Hot" in the Twin Cities

ike. | Jan 10, 200702:45 PM

How do they compare?

I'm going to King & I this Friday, and it's the second time I will have been there. The first time was a few years back before I was concerned with raising my tolerance for spicy foods. In the past few years I've enjoyed ordering things spicy.

I've had the urge to order dishes as spicy as they're offered, but I tend to wuss out at the last minute. I don't want to ruin a good dinner by overstepping my spice-handling bounds. The first taste of that disappointment was at Bombay Bistro. We both got ordered our vindaloos "hot", but after a few bites we agreed that we totally could've handled "Indian hot".

So back to Thai. A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I went to True Thai for my birthday dinner. I got the green shrimp curry, and my choices were mild, medium, hot and "Thai hot". My gf asked how hot the Thai hot really was, but the waiter did't really know how to answer. He suggested ordering "hot" and then he'd bring a spice tray if we wanted more heat. Again, I think we could've handled "Thai hot".

So Friday I'm going to King & I. Do I get "Thai hot"? It's been years since I've been there, and I don't really know how their heat levels compare to that of True Thai. More broadly speaking, how do the Thai places in the TC stack up against one another spice-wise? Are there distinct differences from one place to the next? Let's talk spice.

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