For most of my life I've been very keen on spicy food but, as recounted late last year in the first post of its type here at Red Parsley, this interest was accidentally bolstered by my discovery of some rather hot peppers. This incident has since seen a strong resurgence in my love of all things spicy, and it's a resurgence that has already yielded some fine results.
|The five peppers of incredible power and mystery...|
It was whilst investigating this section that I encountered a selection of peppers and chillies. Most were unlabelled but one type particularly intrigued me so I asked the kind custodian of the store what they were: "Naga Viper, very hot!" he replied, almost with a sneer that suggested he really meant to say "Naga Viper, hotter than you can handle pal!". Regardless of his intent: challenge accepted!
|Rubber gloves advisable when handling these!|
Perhaps it was the come-down commonly felt upon the culmination of a quest. Perhaps it was a case of "it's the journey not the destination". Perhaps I have unrealistic expectations of eating ridiculously spicy food. Perhaps I was simply in a bad mood. Don't get me wrong, it was a great and very hot meal, I was just expecting something a bit more... spectacular. There's little doubt that I'll continue using super-hot peppers like these in the future but I can't help but feel a little sad that I've nothing hotter to look forward to. Then again, who knows what wonders may be encountered one day. So, like a gluttonous version of Ryu, my search for perfection continues...