Moo grapow is one of my favorite dishes, and one of the few things I can eat at full strength. I think one of the reasons is the blend of heat & basil
I've told this story before, so my apologies to anyone who actually remembers it!
When I was living in Bangkok there was a story in The Bangkok
It always amazes me how many people are totally unaware are of what is going on around them-the classic example is of course the mobile phone "zombie",
In Mexico one time, a young girl (about 7 or 8) came up to me with a mouthful of Chiclets (chewing gum) and tried to sell me a box for a dollar. Thinking
I agree with colejkeene that being able to eat really hot Thai food is somehow an "ice breaker" for Thais when they are around westerners.