Me vs. Larb Gai at Rhong-Tiam

March 5, 2009 | By | COMMENTS






Tags: , ,

Categories: Comics, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, Restaurant Comics, Restaurant Reviews

  • maggie (p&c)

    Hilarious. We ordered the pork on fire (for delivery) and thought we are all tough but it was really too hot for me.

  • Amanda Elizabeth

    hiiilarious! you totally just made my afternoon!!!!

  • talida

    Painfully spicy, but I love it that way. Nice post :) And at least you got free Thai iced teas!

  • Marg

    I luv these cartoons!!! Also, every larb I’ve ever had was super-spicy, but that’s why I like it. :>

  • Alison

    Thai spicy chicken

    is not “Pork on Fire” hot

    but still kicks Adam’s ass

    Thanks for ending with Liberace. I love him!!! And I have to try “Pork on Fire”. I don’t like hot HOT food but I like food challenges (that do not involve rodents or insects). Hot I’ll do.

  • Aimee

    Adam, didn’t you see the Man Vs Food episode with whatever his name is eating that crazy curry?? It just ain’t right! I mean, spice is good but when it overpowers? What’s the point??!!

  • Mel

    This really made my afternoon. (:

  • Kristin

    You are hilarious. We were just talking about the spicy food challenges on Man Vs Food – crazy stuff.

  • EB

    White ppl can’t handle spicy food lawl they are too delicate.

  • Stephanie

    Woah. I’m like you. I want a little spice, not burn my tongue off. Everyone’s faces were so red, I cannot imagine how hot that food was. Keep up the awesome cartoons.

  • Nancy

    I love the cartoons! I also love Thai food, but only medium spicy. My tolerance is increasing, though: it used to be only a little bit spicy.

  • Dono

    Well done for having a go. I managed to get my takeaways mixed up once, and thought I was ordering from a place that didn’t make their food very spicy, and asked for it extra hot. I’ll not make that mistake again :)

  • the projectivist

    oh you big, red-faced babies!


    hilarious post.

  • Deb

    You cold clime types may not understand. The point of spicy hot food is precisely to trigger that sensation of internal heat to combat the external heat we hot clime types deal with.

    Think about where spicy hot foods typically come from. Hot weather places, that’s where. (OK not sure about China in all this but) Thailand, Mexico, Jamaica, the Philippines, India, all places with spicy hot foods tending towards sultry hot weather.

    Like Central Texas with highs in the 80s yesterday. Be prepared Adam and Craig -y’all be sure to bring your sunscreen to SxSW!

  • Josh

    That was great! Don’t go to Zabb Queens, though.

  • Kate

    I was just watching the Man v Food episode where he eats 12 hot wings and he looks like he’s going to die. You should have had someone take a picture of you suffering through the larb gai to add to the effect. Great cartoon!

  • Danny

    haha, they did the same thing when I went there. I love the spiciness, but their food just makes you sweat so profusely, so fast.

  • Malin

    Ha ha ha, a great post! Hilarious :D

    I like that you make it REALLY clear to us how spicy it was! (Although, I don’t quite see where Liberace belongs here…)

  • stevenp

    A simple mention of the address of this restaurant would be SO helpful. (Yes, I know it can be looked up elsewhere, but reviews should always say where the darned establishment is located!)

    Nice cartoons though!

  • Amanda from Mrs.W’s Kitchen

    Haaaahahahah I love it! Too bad you don’t like very much spice. I don’t know how I would survive without my fiery favorites!

    Again–LOOOOVE the comic book format! And extra props for the videos. I’m diggin’ a little Billy Joel right now, since it was popular when I was in high school. Yeah, I’m old.

  • Kate

    Ha! The spiciest dish in New York isn’t saying much. “Spicy” thai food there when I lived there meant it had ginger in it. When I moved to Los Angeles and ordered green papaya salad for the first time I suddenly woke up and said “A HA! This this what Thai food is supposed to taste like.”

    Have you had the Phaal at Brick Lane? (My guess, based on this post, is no.) I think you need to do a heat comparison. For the edification of your readers, of course!

  • Melissa

    That’s hilarious! I’m surprised you don’t like spicy food. I LOVE it. Thai is my favorite cuisine for that reason because it incorporates heat the best, in my opinion.

    I’ve heard of the pork on fire and really want to try it.

  • cara_mia

    Adam, I think you should try a Thai dish that’s pronounced something akin to “pad see you”…

  • Florence

    Haha, sounds like my kind of food!

  • bibliochef

    Ok, cool. Just so cool — it’s hot. Or so hot, it’s cool? Anyway, thanks. Cheered me up.

  • Joyti

    Haha. If I lived in New York, I’d definitely have to eat at that restaurant.

    There’s a Thai restaurant here (in the bay area) that will take your picture and put it on their wall if you can eat their “fire” spiciness.

  • zoe

    My cat looks EXACTLY like your cat.

  • Pirouette

    This is hilarious! I love it when you do the comic version of your stories. They’re really creative. As for heat, Thai food will definitely do it to you. I once ate something so hot that I felt it in my ears.

  • Kasie

    I love the cartoon, and now I’m dying for some spicy Thai food! Thanks for the great post!

  • missbhavens

    Twenty extra points for the Liberace vid.


  • Debby

    This is hilarious!!! LOL

  • heidi leon

    hilarious!!loved the cartoon idea!

    you are a genius boy!

  • Laurie

    You were too vague. Was it spicy? :-) Great cartoon. And a ragdoll, to boot!

  • Beth

    I love it when you do comic book pages posts. They’re so funny and clever.

    I could eat spicy Thai food all day, everyday. And believe it or not, there’s actually a couple of places here in Utah that have decent Thai food.

    Thanks for the Liberace video. I was…amazed!