It’s no secret that I love spicy food. You guys all knew that, right? I think my capsaicin tolerance level is a little higher than the average American….I think. Sriracha is like my best friend. But I don’t even really consider that spicy. That is just one of the necessities that adds flavor to a lot of my dishes that I eat. Tabasco is my second best friend. And you probably noticed all the (many of them spicy) Korean dish comfort foods that I need regularly to keep me going. Yeah, I can’t imagine my life without the spiciness.
Even as a kid, I loved spicy. I thought the little peppers were cute and never seen any so small. Naturally, I picked one up to eat.
“I like maewuh,” I told her. I loved spicy…I mean how spicy could it have been, right? Ignoring her warning, I bit into a piece.
And OMG!!! I got an instant burn that wouldn’t stop. I mean…my mouth was burning for hours. I’ve never felt such a painful, unending merciless burn like that before or since those little boogers. I remember drinking ice water nonstop. I alternated between milk and ice water. It just would not stop burning. I took a break from drinking and just held some ice in my mouth. The burn went on for about three hours. Gosh, it was super painful.
Do you think that stopped me from ever trying them again? Unfortunately, no! I figured that the bite I took the first time was too much and that’s why it burned like hell. The second time, I decided to take teeny tiny bitelets. I took one and took the tiniest little bite possible. I didn’t even bite all the way but already I felt an instant burn. Realizing that I couldn’t and shouldn’t proceed, I decide to throw in the towel. But the burn only intensified. Geez…I barely bit into it. It was the same burn I was feeling from the first time that I tried the pepper. Gosh, why were those people even growing such peppers? BL ate the peppers on the side with her meals. She’d make whimpering noises as the heat kicked in, but she tolerated it. She seemed to like them and continued picking them.
The second spiciest thing I ever had was some Thai noodles I had in Irvine some years ago. I can’t remember the name of the place or if it’s even still around. I asked for a pretty high level of spiciness thinking that it would still be an edible spicy. But the dang thing was sooooo freaking spicy that I couldn’t even eat it after a couple of bites.
And today, I think this is probably about the third spiciest thing I have tried in my life. The Buldakbokkeummyun.
Check out some of the clips of the Fire Noodle Challenge on Youtube. Their reactions are priceless.
My package was sent from Korea. I also got some cookies/snacks AND a package of Boolnakbokkeummyun (the octopus version). I haven’t tried the “boolnak” one yet. “Nak” is short for “nakji”, which translates to baby octopus.
Some people seem to think that the fire noodles are too spicy to be selling here in the states. I don’t know the validity of that. But who knows? I do hope that they start becoming accessible here too though. If you love spicy food, I’d suggest you take on the Fire Noodle Challenge. It’s like the most edibley spicy thing I’ve ever had. Some people turn down the spicy notch a bit by adding milk or cream. I might do that next time, but for my first try, I wanted to taste it as it was. I did add some mozzarella cheese to it though.
I decided to be generous and share one….yeah that’s right, just one. Sorry for being stingy but I
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