When Fire Noodles first came out, I was dying to get my hands on them. But unfortunately, they were kind of hard to find around here. I remember having checked almost every Korean market in my area and could not spot them anywhere. I had to have someone send them to me from S. Korea. Some people actually thought that they were just way too spicy to be sold here in the states. I doubted that, but could that make any sense? Maybe Americans in general have a lower tolerance level to heat compared to those in other countries. So if they were to not supply whatever items that seemed too unbearably spicy, I guess it would be because overly spicy items might be perceived as less sellable here? I have no clue! But America is such a diverse country and I’d assume there are enough people that would buy such items. I don’t know. But yeah, I saw a lot of people getting their hands on these from S. Korea, either picking up a bulk when visiting, getting them from someone that has brought them over after visiting S. Korea, or like me, having them shipped over by someone from S. Korea. But nowadays, you can find them almost anywhere. Yay!
So now, I have tried original, octopus, icy, curry, cheesy, and recently, NUCEAR!! I have yet to try the “tang” aka soupy version.
Nuclear is known for having 2x the heat. I have watched mukbangers take on the spicy noodle challenge with the Nuclear Fire Noodles. And to be honest, I was a little scared to even try. Curious but scared. But I just had to try them. I mean, okay yeah…they’re probably spicy, but how spicy can they be if people are still alive after eating them?
These are some of my favorite video clips of mukbangers eating Nuclear Fire Noodles! Even if you don’t understand Korean, eating is a universal language, right?
This is Sini. She is a fanatic of the Fire Noodle series. Watch her slurp away, saying how it ain’t THAT spicy. But later, she tears up. I guess for some, the heat slowly creeps up at a later time.
This guy here is one of the hottest mukbangers in S. Korea. The heat creeps on slowly for him too. Watch the ending…LOL….the poor guy looks like he just went through a colonoscopy or something!
The bird seems to be winning the spicy noodle challenge in Nikocado’s video (in English).
Wow….I was nervous.
I asked some coworkers if they wanted to have some with me. Some of them LOVE spicy as much as I do. But knowing how these noodles made even the spicy lovers cry, I was curious to see which one of my coworkers was going to cry first. I thought it might be fun to videotape them to capture their reaction with the noodles to see who cries first. I shared the noodles with eight people. Two of them were dying. I was able to capture one of them on video (last video clip).
But look at these two….. hardcore tough cookies!
This is Tia Maria. She mentioned that she can handle “pretty spicy” food and was down to try.
Wow, she isn’t suffering or crying at all! WTF??
He didn’t think it was spicy at all. “It’s more sweet than spicy,” he said.
I hadn’t gotten a taste of mine yet at this point. But I was starting to wonder, were those mukbangers just overly exaggerating for show? How come no one is thinking they’re that spicy….or spicy at all?
And then, it was Tapatio’s turn…
His eyes rolled back. He panted. He was sweating. His eyes seemed to be getting watery. It was great.
“I think the Gringo side of me is coming out,” he said, sticking his tongue out like a dog, in pain.
After videotaping everyone else, it was my turn to try (and I am camera-shy). I have tried five other types of Fire Noodles. I was ready for double the heat with this one. Two out of three before me didn’t scream or run to go get water. That calmed my nervousness a little. My anticipation had mixed expectations.
I wrapped a few noodle strands around my fork and took a bite (it felt abnormal to eat this with a fork instead of chopsticks).
And my thoughts?? ~ The level of heat was not much different than the original. But I was expecting the heat to linger (as mukbangers described). And it so did! To me, I feel like the heat level feels the same but the only difference is that it lingers longer.
So end result…I didn’t have the pain and sharp sting that I had originally thought I’d be experiencing. The Nuclear Fire Noodles are spicy, but pretty bearably spicy.
Fire Noodles in general seem to have a crack effect. I am always left with craving more afterward. So in Round One, one pack was divided among the three of us (another full pack was given to AD, because she is greedy) so it was barely filling (it was more for just tasting). I craved some more.
I had more in my car. They were only sold in a pack of five and I had four left from the pack. I took two more out. And I was curious to see who else was going to cry from this. I cooked the two packs and shared with five other people.
Only one of them choked and teared up. Most thought it was spicy but nothing extreme.
One guy was like, “You said it was spicy. WTF is this?” and proceeded to add Tobassco and lime onto it.
So yeah, only two out of eight that I had shared the noodles with were in pain. Not too bad. I am now convinced that the mukbangers were overly exaggerating or just have a weak level for heat. It’s not THAT spicy!
If you are curious about trying the Nuclear Fire Noodles and think that you can handle the heat, click on the image below.
I just heard about Mara Fire Noodles, the next game up. They are supposed to be 4x spicier!!!! OMG I am super scared to try, but I still want to try. The way Sini eats it, it doesn’t seem spicy at all, so maybe it ain’t that bad.