Of the many things I enjoy watching on TV, nothing comes quite as close to pornography and the Food Network. Watching people cook, or go to all kinds of awesome restaurants, and just eat some of the most scrumptious looking food around. Watching a well topped burger stack up, a pizza with all the fixings get sliced up, a steak sizzling on the grill, or a secret blend of herbs and spices get thrown into a signature dish. More than anything though, I really love a good food challenge.
On the Travel Channel there used to be a show called Man vs. Food, and it's actually been revived with a new host. The host would travel to a new city each episode and hit up 3 of the most popular restaurants in the area. The last restaurant however, there would always be some kind of challenge waiting for him. A 7 pound burrito, a 2 foot tall burger, a platter of 12 loaded up hotdogs, or a plate of hellfire wings...I love the idea of overcoming adversity in the form of a foe from flavortown.
I'd love to take on some of these food challenges, but I don't have it in me to take on in most cases what is the weight equivalent of a plated baby, the dessert challenges all have way more sugar than I feel like taking on anymore. There is something I can do though...
All the heat challenges I see these guys taking on, every time, I sit back and think to myself, "Pfft, I could take that." Every time, they tap out where I'm certain I could keep going, or finish where I'm sure I would have already long crossed the finish line. Well, my time has come.
The best translation I can find for this, as about 95% of the package is Korean, is the Samyang Hek Buldak Extra 2x Spicy Roasted Chicken Ramen Nuclear Noodles...that's a mouthful. What the internet is calling it though, is the Nuclear Fire Ramen Noodle Challenge.
These are the world's spiciest instant ramen noodles. Clocking in at 8,808 SHU, these noodles are 2-3 times hotter than standard red tabasco. I don't feel very threatened, so when I found a link to buy some of this stuff online, I couldn't get my credit card out fast enough.
The stuff actually arrived the day before we left for Vegas, and though I was quite confident in my ability to conquer the caliente cuisine, I didn't want to know what after effects might be wrought on the plane flight out. So, I waited until the return to put this challenge to bed.
I've got more. You want to take the challenge before I finish off the rest?
Better question, do you know of any other spicy challenges out there that I haven't heard of yet? I'm on a mission now, and I'm taking on all challengers. I want to find my limit, because despite the pain I've endured, I haven't found my breaking point yet. I want to take all these hot shots down in a blaze of glory! Bring on your bhut jolokias, and I'll put your peppers to shame! I want to know what you've got. Next time, spice fans!
Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.