7 of the spiciest foods from around the world that all heat-lovers should try
There are a lot of foods out there that heat-seeking foodies who love spice might enjoy.
In the US, you can try curry and chicken wings made using Carolina Reapers, one of the hottest peppers in the world.
Some of these dishes from around the world contain a blend of multiple spicy peppers.
If a dash of standard hot sauce and a serving of mild buffalo wings just aren't enough to satisfy your need for heat, look no further. From California to Thailand, some of the spiciest dishes in the world are made using special peppers, sauces, and oils that challenge even the most daring taste buds.
Here are some of the spiciest dishes from around the world that you might want to try.
At Brick Lane Curry House in New York City, you can try one of the spiciest curries in the world. .
In this New York City eatery, you can eat curry that's made with some of the hottest peppers in the world.
Heat-seekers may be interested in Brick Lane Curry House's spicy phaal, a type of British-Indian curry.
The dish contains 2.2 million Scoville heat units of heat and the eatery's menu describes it as being "an excruciatingly hot curry" that can cause sweat and pain.
The phaal is made with multiple types of ground chilies and one of the peppers used in the dish is the Carolina Reaper, famous for being one of the hottest peppers in the world, clocking in at between 1.4 million and 2.2 million Scoville heat units.
When in New York City, those who dare can take part in the restaurant's spicy phaal challenge. If challengers successfully finish a dish of the curry, they can make it onto the P'HALL OF FAME and earn a special certificate.
A salad with a kick, Thailand's som tum salad that is commonly made from papayas and spicy peppers.
Although this dish isn't always made to be spicy, som tum salad is a papaya-based dish that's commonly made with shrimp, herbs, and bird's eye chilis, a pepper found in Southeast Asia. Bird's eye chilis pack a punch, scoring at between 100,000 and 225,000 Scoville heat units.
The dish can be made at home or ordered from certain eateries that serve Thai food.
In Ireland, you can chow down on chicken wings that have been infused with Carolina Reapers
The wings are so hot that the head chef wears gloves and a face mask while he cooks them, according to Lovin Dublin.
China is home to one of the world's spiciest hotpot varieties.
Chongqing, China, is sometimes referred to as the "Hotpot City" so it's no surprise that it's one of the most popular places to find a Sichuan Hotpot — which has been called the spiciest hotpot in China. People from around the world visit Chongqing, China, to try this dish, which is a simmering soup that typically contains garlic, oil, red chiles, and Sichuan peppercorns.
This hotpot can be ordered from a variety of locations in China and it can be customized to be more or less spicy depending on your personal preference.
In England, you can try chicken wings that are coated in a sauce that's about 500 times hotter than a jalapeño
At England's Red Dog Saloon, you can order chicken wings coated in a sauce that's made from Naga Viper chilies, which were voted the world's hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. The chilies clock in at up to about 1.38 million Scoville heat units, making them about 500 times spicier than a jalapeño.
The UK-based eatery even offers the Naga Vaper Chili Challenge in which challengers have 10 minutes to eat six of these sauce-coated wings. After they finish, they must endure a 5-minute "burn period" in which they cannot have any food or drinks. Challengers must also wear rubber gloves during the challenge and sign a waiver before it begins.
Not many who start the challenge complete it, but if you're successful, you can score a T-shirt and a photo on the eatery's Wall of Fame.
This restaurant in Florida makes a spicy soup that contains a blend of 12 different peppers
The inferno soup contains a spicy blend of 12 peppers.
Nitally's in St. Petersburg, Florida, calls this menu item "inferno soup" for a reason. Among other ingredients, the soup consists of a blend of 12 incredibly hot peppers. According to a representative from Nitally's, some of these peppers include Bhut jolokia (ghost peppers), Carolina Reapers, Naga Vipers, Thai Chiles, and Scotch bonnets. And many of these peppers are considered to be some of the hottest in the world.
The eatery even has a challenge that gives those who dare 30 minutes to consume nearly 4 pounds of inferno soup. According to the Nitally's representative, "The challenge requires the competitor to remain in their seat for the entire time and they are not allowed to bring any external drinks or additives."
But the eatery's representative also said that even though the inferno soup is part of a daring challenge, they have many consumers who eat the soup once or twice a week.
In California, you can try chicken wings that are infused with two of the world's hottest peppers
Hot Sauce and Panko in San Francisco, California, created chicken wings infused with ghost peppers and Carolina Reapers. The dish initially contained only ghost peppers but after some patrons said the wings weren't hot enough, they added the famed Reaper to the dish. Their menu informs patrons that the dish measures at 1.4 million Scoville heat units.