Fight Fire With Fire
When the mercury rises, sweat it out with chiles.
Hot enough for ya? Skip the iced tea, and nibble on a habanero—it’ll cool your body fast. Spicy foods rule in hot climates because capsicum boosts circulation and releases body heat.
Go for the burn at Thai House, with the spicy pork with eggplant. Add fish sauce with fresh Thai chile, spicy chili powder, or vinegar with jalapeños. 254 Rose Ave., Danville, (925) 820-0635, thaihousedanville.net.
Braised cod with Sichuan peppercorns and chili oil is the spiciest dish at Allen Shi’s Sichuan Fortune House. For more fire, check out newcomer China Lounge. Sichuan Fortune House, 41 Woodsworth Ln., Pleasant Hill, (925) 686-9828; China Lounge, 4220 Rosewood Dr., Pleasanton.
The blood-red beef stew at Ohgane is served with a dozen chile-flecked banchan (Korean side dishes). And the signature at-the-table barbecue comes with a plate of jalapeños. 7877 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin, (925) 875-1232, ohgane.com.
Vindaloo curry is one of India’s hottest preparations. Most kitchens in the United States have tamed the heat, so order it extra, extra spicy at Favorite Indian Restaurant. 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 560-9310, favoriteindia.com.
Put a dash of Élevé’s volcanic hot sauce on whatever you order. It’s so hot the restaurant’s cooks sometimes wear gloves and masks to make it. 1677 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-1677, eleverestaurant.com.