26 Jun '14, 11am

Pursuing Pleasurable Pain

Oh, don’t we just love a good stinging pain? No, this is not some sado-masochistic bent to be released only in darkness of privacy. The quest for tongue-burning and sweat-inducing spicy thrills exist in almost every culture. Our tolerance for fiery blasts of heat is openly celebrated and even boasted about. Spicy food is an addictive love affair. From the numbingly hot “mala” Sichuan cuisine (possibly the most spicy of all Chinese cuisine), we have chili-laden dishes like the signature 水煮鱼 Fish Fillets in Hot Chili Oil (photo above), steaming mala hotpots, and Chong Qing deep-fried chicken nibblets that taste like heavenly crispy pork lard infused with devilish heat. Thai food is often exceedingly spicy hot, thanks to the liberal use of chili padi or bird’s eye chili. A good tom yum should send your pores perspiring to douse the heat. Even their salads like som tum and yum...

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