Instant noodles are my holy grail. I eat them day or night, rain or shine, wet or dry—anyway possible, I've eaten them. When I heard of this Fire Korean Noodle Challenge going around Facebook and YouTube, I told myself I would get my hands on these noodles (Samyang Ramen/Spicy Chicken Roasted Noodles) one day to try it and I now have my hands on them, thanks to my best friend Jordan.
Since I have been away at college, I haven't gotten the chance to eat many Asian-level spicy foods, so I was very curious as to how I would do with these. I decided to ask my friend Brianna to join on this crazy endeavor (and I did not know what her spice tolerance was initially).
Being the Psychology majors that we are, I thought I'd include that I did receive informed consent from Brianna to do this study. She agreed to do it with me and here is what we found out.
Jenny: "My first bite wasn't too bad. The noodles were very thick and chewy, which I enjoyed, I loved the taste, and the spiciness didn't hit me for about 30 seconds. Then my tongue tapped out because it started to burn."
Brianna: "At first I thought it tasted very good, and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Then a minute later, I started yelling "HOLYY..." and my mouth and lips proceeded to burn uncontrollably."
5 Minutes Later...
Jenny: "My tongue burned furiously, but I still continued to eat the noodles because they tasted so good. The noodles were not too salty or saucy—it was the perfect amount of everything. A very good balance. A lot of the times, spiciness is used to mask the lack of flavor, but that does not apply here."
Brianna: "I have resulted to fanning myself (moreso my mouth). It is definitely one of the spiciest things I have ever eaten. I continued to finish my noodles, though, because I was determined and it tasted really good."
(She is mouthing: "Can't take anymore.")
Brianna: "I need a moment."
Jenny: "Overall, I would highly recommend fellow spice and instant noodle-lovers to give this a try. The flavors were seriously so good. Regarding the spiciness level, I would say this is second on my list. It does not beat Tom Mak Hoong's spiciness."
"I would eat this again, but this time I would eat a whole pack to myself. The spiciness goes away after about 10-15 minutes of finishing eating which isn't bad at all in my opinion."
Brianna: "This was a very interesting challenge. This was my first time eating instant Korean noodles and watching videos of the challenge beforehand. I did not know what to expect for how spicy this was going to be."
"It is definitely the spiciest thing I have ever eaten, I'd say on a scale of hot to absolute hell, it's absolute hell. I would do this again though, it was super fun and I would highly recommend."