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15 Spicy, Fiery Noodle Bowls to March You to Spring

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I know I shouldn't wish time away (Mom: If you're reading this, I've been listening to you all this time!), but I can't help but wish that March were, uh... over already? I'm ready for my toes to feel the fresh air again. (My legs, on the other hand, can wait.) And I'm ready for raw vegetables! I'm with them.

But in the meantime, I've got a few long weeks left. And temperatures are likely to fluctuate dramatically. So I'm channeling warmer weather and longer days the best way I know how: spray tan!

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Psyche! With spicy-hot noodle dishes. These 14 spicy noodles (I cannot recommend, in good conscience, that you call them "spicy noods") are warm when the weather isn't, yet still feel-good enough to coddle you as you cry the last of winter's harshness away (....just me?). Some are fiercely fiery as is, while others may need a shake or a drizzle of chile flakes or chile oil if you really want to "turn up the heat," as they say. Go slow!

The noodles:

Spicy Garlic Noodles with Crumbled Tofu and Cucumber Salad
Spicy Garlic Noodles with Crumbled Tofu and Cucumber Salad
Simple Sesame and Garlic Noodles
Simple Sesame and Garlic Noodles
Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup
Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles
Sichuan Mouth-Numbing Cold Noodles
Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodles
Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodles
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Khao Soi (Northern Thai Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup)
Khao Soi (Northern Thai Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup)
Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles
Spicy Sesame Pork Soup with Noodles
Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles

Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles by Merrill Stubbs

Yibin "Kindling" Noodles

Yibin "Kindling" Noodles by Nicholas Day

Spicy Thai Basil Noodle Cake
Spicy Thai Basil Noodle Cake
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad
Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Sesame Noodle Salad with Seared Mushroom "Scallops"
Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime Dressing
Rice Noodle Salad with Spring Vegetables and Tahini-Lime Dressing
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup

Not noodles—but would be great mixed into some:

Marinated Mushrooms, Sichuan-Style
Marinated Mushrooms, Sichuan-Style
Spicy Shrimp
Spicy Shrimp
Sichuan Chili Oil
Sichuan Chili Oil
Spicy Thai Carrot Noodles
Spicy Thai Carrot Noodles

What do you make when you need something spicy? Tell us in the comments below.