Lime Fresh Mexican's Ghost Pepper: World's Spiciest Food
|It just looks innocent.|
The server is telling me this story as a cautionary tale as I sit at the same booth, burrito in hand. I've heard the local chain carries a sauce made with ghost pepper, or bhut jolokia, the world's spiciest commercially available pepper. And I've come to try it.
|the bhut jolokia|
I know all this, and yet, I'm assuring Cabrera I can handle the heat. I live for culinary adventures and I love spicy food more than anything. I mean, I once at an habanero pepper straight off a bush in Mexico. That has to count for something.
But here's where I make the mistake: Instead of taking a tiny drop of the sauce and mixing it in with the entire contents of my burrito, I decide to dip a tortilla chip so that I can get a real taste of the flavor. Well... turns out it's not that kind of sauce. There's no chipotle smokiness or Tabasco vinegar-iness. It's straight fiery heat that rushes to the back of my throat and up my nasal cavity. My sinuses clear, I start to sweat, and my tongue goes completely numb within seconds. I take gulp after gulp of water, and eat a glob of chili-less guacamole, and still... nothing. My tongue remains numb for the remainder of the meal and my hands, which accidentally touch some of the sauce, burn for hours.
Of course, I'm a masochist, so I take some of it home. The next day, I try the sauce the correct way -- a tiny drop on a large amount of food -- and discover that it still scorches down my throat and activates my tear ducts but is actually delicious. Cabrera wasn't kidding, though: Bhut jolokia sauce is "insane."
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