Some like it hot… the world’s spiciest foods
Do you love a bit of extra spice? Enjoy foods that bring the heat? Then you might want to wrap your gums around one of these delicious and spicy meals. Grab a litre or two of milk and get set to take your tastebuds on an international holiday by trying one (or all) of the world’s spiciest foods.
Phall Curry – This British Asian curry is hotter than Vindaloo and is considered to be the hottest curry in the world. Often made using a variety of ground chillis including some of the hottest chillis in the world, including habanero, ghost pepper, and the feared Carolina Reaper, this curry is not for the faint of heart.
Carolina Reaper – Not a dish on its own, the aforementioned Carolina Reaper is a variety of chilli. Currently the Guinness World Record holder for the hottest chilli on the planet, this scorcher is the invention of Ed Currie, a business owner and purveyor of peppers from the United States. The Reaper was created by cross-breeding chilli varieties to create a “mutant” chilli with a terrifying heat level of 1,641,000 Scoville units.
Papa a la huancaina – Don’t let this perfectly plain-looking Peruvian dish fool you! While it may look like your garden variety potato salad, this fiery dish packs the heat. Made from boiled potato, eggs and a spicy cheese sauce made from Aji Amarillo (a spicy yellow chilli) this cold salad will have your tastebuds feeling hot, hot, hot!
Jjamppong – Korea is famous for its spice-filled food, so it’s no surprise that this super spicy dish was created in Korea by Chinese immigrants in the early 1800s. Packed with seafood and Gochugara (Korean chilli powder made from 100% sun-dried Korean red chilli) this popular dish will set your tastebuds on fire.
Sichuan Hot Pot – It’s not called “Hot Pot” for nothing! Full of boiling red broth this dish from China is packed with spicy Red Sichuan Peppers. The molten-hot liquid is used to poach raw ingredients such as vegetables, meat, seafood, tofu, and noodles. Traditionally, a hot pot is a communal meal designed to be shared, with each person cooking their chosen ingredients in the boiling pot at the same time. Numbingly hot isn’t just a way to describe the heat level of this dish, Sichuan Peppercorns actually produce a reaction called paraesthesia which makes the lips and tongue feel like they are actually numb.