I have read about this brand of Korean instant noodles “Samyang Buldakbokeum Ramen” that is supposedly the spiciest above all the other brands.
There were also hilarious You-Tube videos showing various people challenging themselves by slurping up these noodles as fast as possible and looking like they had just ate fire coals. One guy was so overwhelmed by the spice that he had actually fell backwards over a chair, which is pretty dangerous actually. Another guy, some joker, had either underestimated the spice level or trying to prove his tolerance for spicy stuff, had actually added more chilli powder and sliced chillies. At first bite, he had cried as if someone had castrated him.
So when I spotted this brand of noodles at a Korean supermarket, I had decided to get a pack for Gary. He has a much higher tolerance for spice than me. Spicy dishes such as “Ma La” (which I absolutely refuse to touch), which got me all flustered and heaving, he would be like, “It’s not very spicy leh.”
Ok lor, let’s see if his rhino leather tongue can take these noodles… Hehehe…
He seems enthusiastic to take on this challenge…
In fact, he was so curious about the spice level that he had asked me to cook these noodles late last night, just shortly before bedtime. Wah, brave ah..
Phew, even without tasting it, I can literally smell the spicy fumes from the deep red sauce to mix the noodles in. The noodles seemed redder than in the image below.
After the first few bites, Gary started to perspire heavily and kept shaping his mouth into an “O” shape and making blowing sounds as if the spiciness would be any lesser by doing so. Like those folks in the funny videos, he agreed that the noodles are extremely spicy. He said it feels like chewing on crushed chilli padi… Luckily, I didn’t even try a strand or I might just have to stick my tongue in the freezer…
I had asked him if the poses above are deliberate since I mentioned that I would post this on my blog. He said, it’s not, and this is really the “natural” expression showing the effects of the spiciness. Hahaha….
So there, Gary had taken this challenge as well.. Haha… Despite the crazy hot spice, he had enjoyed it and don’t mind eating it again… Serious?? The next time, he’d even suggested adding other ingredients such as fishballs.
Well, the next time would be once in a blue moon. Frankly, I don’t think it is good for the stomach to be assaulted with that much spice and there isn’t any favour since the tongue is essentially numb. Not sure why some people like that sort of feeling… hmm..