- British Chef, 22-year-old Ben Sumadiwiria, tried the hottest noodles in the world and went deaf
- Luckily the effect of the noodles wore off after two minutes
- The ‘Death Noodles’ have a Scoville rating of 20 million making it literally 4000 times hotter than Tabasco
Ben Sumadiwiria, a British chef from London, found a small restaurant in the back streets of Jakarta, Indonesia.
The restaurant served ‘Death Noodles’ which have 100 bird’s eye chilies crushed together, which give the dish a Scoville rating of 20 million! In comparison, Tabasco sauce has a Scoville rating of up to 2,500!
Just as soon as began eating the noodles his head went dizzy and he started sweating profoundly when all of a sudden he went deaf from the noodles.
The effect lasted two minutes but it’s an incredible testament to how hot the noodles were.
“This was definitely the hottest thing I’ve ever eaten. Within seconds of tasting them I was sweating and feeling sick. Everybody who tried them threw up outside in the drain. They’re known as ‘death noodles’ and some locals can even finish a whole plate, which is just crazy,” said Ben.
According to Ben the noodles are the 'hottest commercially available dish' and cost Ben only 34 Indonesian Rupees which is the equivalent of a couple of cents.
He added: "I went temporarily deaf and my mouth was burning for hours afterwards.”
Ben had to drink a couple liters of water, a milkshake and a cold banana to battle the effects the noodles left in his mouth!
“You don’t really taste the noodles, it’s just pure heat with a tiny hint of noodles. My lips were burning and I couldn’t feel anything. I’ve eaten wasabi and plenty of other hot food, and I’d take that any day over those noodles,” Ben said.