Khua Kling Pak Sod

Thai in Northern Bangkok

Southern Thai is probably the country's spiciest regional cuisine, so if you're going to sweat over dinner, why not do so in white-tablecloth comfort. Recommended dishes include the eponymous khua kling, minced meat fried in an incendiary curry paste, or moo hong, fragrant, almost candy-like braised pork belly, a Chinese-Thai speciality of Phuket.