Is there anyone who likes extreme heat? If you're from lower Westchester you've been to the Candlelight, and I don't think they still make them, but they used to have a fiery hot wing called Chernobyl II. It was hot, damn hot. But honestly, I could throw down a dozen no problem. Maybe a little cough, and some serious fire the next day, but they went down pretty easy. A few months ago, a friend took me to Spice Village in Tuckahoe and I ordered the Lamb Phaal. The waiter explained that this isn't on most menus, and it's hotter than Vindaloo. He said they both have 3 peppers next to the item, but the Phaal is much hotter.
I took a bite and my buddy asked how it was. I said, "it's not that hot." All of the sudden this euphoric wave hit me. My insides felt warm, and the next thing I knew under my eyes were puddles. I felt the loss of control of my nasal passages and excused myself. I had to go to teh bathroom and freshen up. I came back, took a swig of my beer, and a little naan. I hit that bowl with a vengeance. I finished every last drop, much to the surprise of my waiter. A little naan between bites, a nice cold beer, a pitcher of water later, I had canquered Lamb Phaal. Honestly the heat was more extreme than anything I've ever eaten. I paid for it the next day, but to be completely honest, the dish was delicious. Depsite the heat, the flavor was amazing. I actually washed it down with my buddies curried chicken dish, which he felt was hot, and it felt like I was snacking on ice cubes.
I have to say, I haven't been there since, not because of not wanting to, but I think my story scared a lot of people away. Good food, good service, good time!
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