Extremely Hot Peppers Dish at Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant, San Francisco

Would You Eat This Hot Pepper Dish?

It's simply a fact that I love spicy food more than most: from Sriracha to Sambal Oelek and Tabasco to Tapatío, I've got every hot sauce around, and I pour it on everything. But last weekend, I ordered a dish at San Francisco's Old Mandarin Islamic restaurant titled "Extremely Hot Peppers." Its Chinese name is la si ni, which literally translates to "so hot it could kill you." This dish — about 95 percent chiles, and 5 percent chopped chicken — was so hot that two bites in, I had to stop and call out for more water. I've got a stomach of steel, but my intestinal lining was still reeling two days later. To date, the leftovers are still in my fridge, where they remain untouched. Tell me: would you give this dish a go?

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