Korean Spicy Noodle Challenge
If you have been on YouTube within the past few years, or on social media in general, then I am certain that you have at least heard about the Korean spicy noodle challenge. There are tons of videos of people eating noodles and then carrying on about how hot it is and generally causing a scene and doing the most for the camera.
I quite like spicy food so I figured these people were either 1) only acting out just to get views or 2) just not accustomed to spicy food. As for me, I have been eating spicy food ever since I was a child. I was first introduced to hot sauce around the age of 8 (give or take a couple years) and my love for spicy food took off from there.
But because everyone was carrying on so much, I was curious to give the noodles a try for myself. So I got on Amazon and ordered both the Extremely Spicy and the 2x Spicy.
I actually don’t even know if there is a “regular” spicy because before purchasing, I thought the black package was just regular spicy, but when I read the package of noodles, at the top it says “extremely spicy”. So apparently there is no “regular” lol.
I tried the 2x spicy first because it was the first to arrive in the mail. My sister came over for a visit and even she wanted to try them. I cooked them according to the directions and sat down to enjoy my meal.
After the first bite….
I choked immediately.
Second bite: Tears sprang to my eyes and my lips felt like they were being singed off of my face.
I took a little break.
Third bite: The insides of my nose turned to liquid and I had to shove tissues up my nostrils. I could feel the heartburn coming on in my chest.
I tried adding sugar to it to combat the heat. I drank some sips of milk even though I’m lactose intolerant. After eating two rolls of bread and the fire in my mouth and chest still not subsiding, I finally decided that I valued my life and tossed the noodles. My sister ate even less than I did.
At first, I truly wondered if Koreans actually eat food this spicy because anything that hot just simply isn’t enjoyable. Everything literally just hurts! But after living in Korea for a year, I can affirm that yes, some Koreans and Korean eating establishments do add this level of spice to their food using red pepper paste and red chili powder. It’s completely wild to me because you can’t even taste the food when it’s so hot. It’s literally just painful heat.
No lie, my lips burned for a full hour after I tossed the noodles. Rinsing my mouth did nothing to help and putting on chapstick or vaseline only trapped the heat into my skin even more and my lips began to sting at an even greater level than before.
In the morning, I was greeted by a spicy friend from the other end…
As for the black package of noodles deemed “extremely spicy”, I actually ate the entire thing. I didn’t try this one until a few days later though since I wanted to give my body enough time to recuperate. I don’t know if it was because I had already had the 2x spicy or if these noodles were in fact just not as hot.
While still hot, I would say that the spice level for this pack of noodles is more similar to eating really hot buffalo wings or jerk chicken cooked with scotch bonnet/habanero peppers. It’s hot. You’ll definitely need something cold to drink. But it tastes good and I was able to eat the entire pack. My sister was also a lot happier with these noodles. I made mine with a fried egg.
Overall, if you like really spicy food, give the extremely spicy noodles a try. It will be a fun challenge. As for the 2x spicy???
And never look back.