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Ever eaten a dish so hot your mouth feels like a lava flow and yet you keep on eating? Chasing that chilli burn isn’t necessarily a sign of masochist tendencies, but rather your brain on capsaicin, the active element of chilli that radiates heat onto whatever surface it comes into contact with. The burning sensation capsaicin produces can trigger the release of dopamine and endorphins, lighting up the pleasure centres of your brain in a similar way to runners' high. Also, spicy food is delicious and extremely fun to eat.
Sydney is not a city that fears the heat, so there’s plenty of places to get your chilli kicks, whether you’re chasing the tongue-numbing burn of a Sichuan hot pot, or the more blatant, vinegared hit in American hot sauce. We nearly burned a hole through our tongue to find you the five must-eat dishes for chilli fiends.
NOTE: We've double-checked that all these restaurants have re-opened after the lockdown hiatus, but things change quickly at the moment. Check with the venue to see if you need to make a booking before your visit, and be aware that opening times may have changed.
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