Welcome to 100 Dishes to Eat Now, the tasty countdown leading up to our "Best of 2012" issue. Tune in each day (weekends too!) for a new dish from the Fork in the Road team.
I've eaten a lot of very spicy food. Last Sunday at a Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, I ate something that made me start hiccuping. I've endured the habanero-festooned food of the Yucatan in the shadow of Mayan ruins, and Sichuan hot pots so hot, that the seafood inside almost jumped out onto the tablecloth. And yes I've tried the phaal at Brick Lane Curry House, but none of this could prepare me for a soup I was forced to sip rather than spoon up at a West African restaurant last week.