There are two kinds of people in the world: people who live to eat, and people who eat to live.
Then there are two kinds of food: food that you eat because it’s delicious, and food that you eat purely for social media.
What’s the link between the two? Well there isn’t really because the Daebak Ghost Pepper Noodles defies all logic and common sense. Logic and common sense meaning STAY AWAY FROM THESE SATAN-INFUSED NOODLES IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU!
Hot on the heels of Samyang’s Korean Spicy Noodles, which sparked off the Fire Noodle Challenge 4 years ago, Mamee’s aptly-named Ghost Pepper Noodles first went viral in Malaysia for its #canornotchallenge that dared foodies to finish an entire cup without any drinks, often to hilarious and catastrophic results on YouTube.
And if these pain-filled accounts aren’t enough to warn you, the jet-black packaging certainly will. I mean, it even says “Flaming Spicy Chicken Madness” on the label. Not just “spicy chicken”, mind you. IT’S FLAMING MADNESS.
The noodles’ take-no-prisoner level of spiciness originates from the infamous ghost pepper in its seasoning, which registers more than one million units on the Scoville scale. For reference, chilli padi doesn’t even come in close at a mere 100,000 units. In other words: WALK AWAY IF YOU SPOT THESE AT ANY 7-ELEVEN STORES IN SINGAPORE.
To say that you won’t miss the Ghost Pepper Noodles from a mile away is an understatement. As soon as the first of that jet black ghost pepper seasoning hit them charcoal-coloured noodles, a distinct pungent aroma immediately filled the air. Almost as if an unholy presence had appeared in the room. An unholy presence by the name of Bhut Jolokia.
Now at the point of no return – well, not exactly; I could have heeded all the warning signs, tossed it all in the bin, and gone out for proper food, but I didn’t because #content – the only logical thing left to do was to chug those noods as fast as possible and get it over and done with (watch it all below!).
I can see why these Ghost Pepper Noodle are on a limited run. It’s clearly not something you would eat more than once, unless you are on a one-way track to take sadomasochism to your tastebuds. Or if you have a legitimate death wish. Because help me these noodles were not made for human consumption.
A couple of bites in, a stinging pain started to grip my tongue, before going down my throat to start a war in my tummy. It wasn’t before long before my sense of taste issued an emergency evacuation and left the building. CHICKEN WHAT CHICKEN?! All I could taste was the hellish ghost pepper seasoning!
Mind you, the noodles on their own smelt (and probably tasted) delicious. They have a pretty springy texture and a good bite to them. Not that that’s a redeeming factor, though.
For hardcore spice seekers who are still not deterred, you can get your hands on the Daebak Ghost Pepper Noodles at a reasonable price of $2.90. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Where to buy: All 7-Eleven stores in Singapore
When: September to November 2019