The food: People have long known that the spicy part of chilis (capsaicin) does everything from numbing pain to increasing the metabolism, thanks in part to its stimulant properties. That also makes it a perfect prelude to any activity for which you'll need some extra energy.
When you're looking for chilis, Pok Pok NY
's got spice in abundance. Try the spicy Isaan flank steak salad, or the whiskey-marinated spare ribs with spicy dipping sauces. And you can't go wrong with the classic, burn-your-mouth-spicy fish-sauce chicken wings.
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