Chilli level: 10/10
You know you’re in trouble when you feel the chilli hit your stomach before the burn hits your mouth. The hottest part of the chilli is the white membrane that anchors the seeds to the flesh, and depending on your propensity to chew, it might skip the tongue and go straight to your stomach. If this happens during a bowl of DoDee Paidang’s infamous Super Nova tom yum ($7.50), be assured – your mouth will catch up five minutes later, halting you mid-sentence and bringing on the sweats. The Thai soup itself is beautiful, deserving of its cult status, whether you order nursery (level 1) or volcano (level 5). It contains thin vermicelli noodles, meat balls, pork bones and crisp fried wonton wrappers. The Super Nova (level 7) is screamingly hot but still delicious, which may trick you into eating the entire bowl. Don’t do this. The sweats continue long after the last wonton crisp is gone, friends, and it's not pretty.