We all love a good entree, whether it reminds you of your mom's favorite home-made dish or it's an exotic preparation that will send your taste buds on a wild adventure. Food is delicious, any way you look at it! For some of us, however, the spicier the better, so that begs the question: what are some of the spiciest foods in the world? This list will bring together a compilation of just that, and we can finally pinpoint the dishes that burn and sizzle, on and off the plate.
From North America to Asia, we will travel the globe as we search for the spiciest entrees, meat, vegetables, and everything in-between included. If you can stand the burn, there are many health benefits that you can reap from in overly-spicy foods, such as lower blood pressure and heart health. But why do we crave it so much? One theory states that spicy foods release endorphins in the body, much like when we eat chocolate or something very sweet. It turns out that our body's release of hormones can really go both ways, so if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might have a spicy one, instead. Whatever your case may be, the below list might serve as an inspiration for your next dine-and-vacation spot.
10 Fire In Your Hole Wings --Munchies 420 Cafe, Sarasota, FL
9 World Famous St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail -- St. Elmo Steakhouse, Indianapolis, IN
8 Sichuan Huo Guo (Hot Pot) -- In Various Pubs of Sichuan, China
7 The Saltdean Sizzler Pizza: Paul's Pizza -- Brighton, England
6 Abiko Curry's "Best of the Best" -- Seoul, South Korea
5 The 4 Horsemen Burger: Chunky's -- San Antonio, TX
4 Neua Pad Prik -- Thailand
3 Vindaloo Pork -- Goa, India
2 Otak Otak -- Southeast Asia, Singapore, and China
1 Widower Curry -- Bindi Restaurant, Grantham, England
It almost looks beautiful, with the fresh basil leaves adorning the rich reds of the peppers. You almost want to dive right in and begin eating, but this dish is called Widower Curry for a reason. It contains 20 Naga chilies, which are the second hottest chili peppers in the world, and the cooks who prepare it are forced to wear goggles and face masks! If that doesn't deter you away from this true flame-on-a-plate, people have been known to sweat, cry, shake, vomit, and even hallucinate while eating this dish. A British doctor, Ian Rothwell, took over an hour eating the Widower Curry and began hallucinating shortly after, but he did manage to finish the entire meal and was awarded a certificate at the end! "Dr. Rothwell is a legend as far as I'm concerned," says Muhammed Karim, the managing director of the restaurant. Don't say we didn't warn you!
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