Are you a self-professed spice lover? If so, the following scenario is probably relatable: You walk into a restaurant, sit down to read the menu, and choose the spiciest dish you can find. Only it isn’t hot when it arrives at all, and you leave feeling disappointed and in desperate need of a chilli fix! Spicy food isn’t just about the heat, it’s also about the flavour, and if you can find just the right balance, your taste buds are in for a fiery taste sensation. But what can you spice lovers order when you’re in the mood for something hot and fiery? Well, you could check out these 4 spicy foods you have to try when you chance. Trust us, if you’re confident you can stand the heat, you’re in for quite the treat.
To many people, spicy food is synonymous with curry, even though there are plenty of curries out there that contain barely any spices whatsoever, and certainly no chillies. The curry we’re looking at today however, is packed full of chillies and flavour. Vindaloo? Pfft, that’s child’s play compared to the mighty Phaal. Phaal curry is considered by many to be the spiciest curry on the planet. Made with at least 3 heaped teaspoons of hot chilli powder, along with two or three Bhut Naga Jolokia chillies, Phaal is served with a rich gravy made from tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and ground spices. Phaal is so hot in fact, that many curry houses actually require customers to sign a release form before eating the curry. While preparing the dish, chefs often have to wear gas masks to protect them from the powerful chilli vapours. If you can get past the heat however, Phaal is a delicious curry that goes very well with chicken or lamb.
If there’s one thing the US of A it’s good at, it’s making hot wings. Chicken wings are the ultimate finger food and go down an absolute treat on game day, along with an ice cold pitcher or two of beer. You won’t struggle to find hot wings in the U.S, that’s for sure, but you may struggle to find suicide hot wings. Each eatery has it’s own unique recipe for suicide hot wings, though generally you’ll find that the wings are fried until soft and crispy, before being tossed in an inferno paste made from melted butter, hot sauce, dried chilli flakes, extra hot chilli powder, blended chillies such as habaneros, scotch bonnets, or even the dreaded Carolina Reaper – the world’s hottest chilli, and even pure capsaicin extract. The fiery paste clings to the wings and quickly penetrates the skin, leaving you with a mouth that feels as if it’s full of pure molten lava.
If you ever find yourself craving something sweet, yet fiery at the same time, be sure to check out Jacques Torres Chocolate’s Wicked Hot Chocolate. This decadent hot chocolate mix has been laced with spicy chilli powder to give it a real bite. Remember, chilli and chocolate are a marriage made in heaven, and if you want to drink your spice rather than eat it, this hot chocolate is the perfect winter warmer for those long cold nights.
If you’re familiar with Caribbean cuisine, you’ll know that it is contains ingredients which are as colourful as they are flavourful, and jerk marinade is no different. Jerk chicken is not only hot and spicy, it’s also tangy and fruity, and is crammed full of flavour. Ordinarily whole chicken thighs are coated in a delicious spicy Jerk marinade made from cloves, cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, garlic, Barbados rum, thyme, shallots, spring onions, garlic, and plenty of ripe Scotch Bonnet chillies which has been ground or blended to a paste. The chicken is then rubbed with the marinade and is left to infuse before being cooked typically over open coals. Jerk chicken is normally served with steamed white rice and black-eyed peas, and no, we don’t mean the band!