Man eating mermaid: The elephant is the Thai national symbol of power and peace. Erawan Authentic Thai Cuisine (9402 Richmond, 832-242-7272) is named for a shrine to a three-headed elephant located just outside Bangkok. A dish at the restaurant, Hot Little Mermaid ($12.95), is aptly named. Two fillets of charbroiled red snapper are served with the house special chile sauce. The sauce, consisting of tomatoes, cilantro and incendiary Thai red chiles, is served on the side, allowing you to add as much or as little as you like, creating whatever intensity you desire. And it's served with sparkling-white jasmine rice, which acts as a cooling counterbalance to the fiery sauce.
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