100 Favorite Dishes: Tom-Yum-Gai at Bangkok City

As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.

No. 69: Tom-Yum-Gai at Bangkok City
Most bowls of tom-yum-gai and other incarnations of the "hot and sour" soup variety are damned gastronomical liars. You might get a bowl of hot. You might get a bowl of sour. But rarely does one get a bowl of both hot and sour -- rarely, that is, if one rarely orders the jaw-stinging (in that good kind of way) tom-yum-gai from East Dallas Thai staple Bangkok City.

Order the hot pot and get a bubbling O-shaped dish of bright red broth peppered with cilantro, lemongrass and a host of veggies, the first sip of which will give you a satisfying cheek-sting in the jaw-joint area. Following that, a rich mix of heat and spice trickles down the gullet, making multiple glasses of water a blessed necessity for diners who scoff at anything less than a three-chili hotness icon warning. A tom-yum-gai hot pot can be satisfyingly shared between three or four people or enjoyed alone during a lengthy broth-fueled dinner contemplating Bangkok City's soothingly gaudy decor.

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