Tropic of Capsaicin

An Exploration of the Hot Dishes in a Hot City, Or Where to Go When You're Not at Waterloo Park

Tiger Cry at Thai Kitchen

803 E. William Cannon, 445-4844;

3437 Bee Caves Rd., 328-3538;

3009 Guadalupe, 474-2575

Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm
In the States, the classic dish "Tiger Cry" has taken on a new meaning as being a "dish so hot that it makes even a tiger cry," but that is far from the old translation of the dish in Thailand. Originally, the dish was made only with work-retired water-buffalo meat and involved slicing and cooking the meat, then serving it with a fiery sauce containing the incendiary prik khee noo. It is known as "Tiger Cry" over there because the meat is so tough and hard to eat that it made a tiger cry. Owners Toy and Em's version ($11) is a mixed meat-and-seafood mélange (pork, beef, chicken, scallops, shrimp, and squid) with bamboo shoots and zucchini in fiery green curry and coconut milk, emboldened with the addition of both Thai chiles and prik khee noo, producing a dish that instantly opens the sinuses and causes sweat to pop out on the forehead. For lovers of the super hot, you'll be pleased to know that the assorted meats are quite tender and toothsome, but you will weep from the combined heat of the curry paste and the chile duo.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Mick Vann
Guantanamera Cuban Cuisine
Guantanamera Cuban Cuisine
Good things come in small packages

May 8, 2015

On the Cheap: Taquito Aviles
Taquito Aviles
Getting our goat on Braker

Feb. 20, 2015

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle