Hot enough for ya?
Chances are you know somebody who just CANNOT handle spicy food. Maybe you’re not a fan, or have a friend or family member who won’t go near anything hot. Personally, I haven’t met many people who don’t like a mini squirt of Sriracha in something.
Most of my friends can’t get enough spicy food, whether it’s good and peppery, or the type of white-hot spice that blows right past your taste buds and leaves your whole body on fire. I can see why people like a little kick to their food, but I do not understand why someone would want their meal so absurdly hot that they can’t even taste the flavors of the actual food. But to each her own, I suppose.
Logan Doan of Jacksonville, Florida, belongs to the latter group. His level of spice is so off the charts that he has a hard time convincing restaurants to take him seriously. Now he’s going viral for when he thought his food wasn’t going to be spicy enough for his taste, and the chef took things into his own hands. Even his receipt had a warning on it about the heat level!
Thai food is one of those cuisines that’s known to get pretty darn spicy. (Have you ever eaten a Thai chili?!) So, obviously, it is one of Logan’s favorites:
“As a white guy, I always ask for ‘Thai hot,’ but I feel like the server doesn’t take this seriously, and they have the kitchen tone down the heat in fear that it will be too hot and I’ll send it back. I’ll often ask for them to tell the chef it’s not for a white guy, but I don’t think they do this.”
This Thai vendor did something that would hopefully ensure maximum spiciness to please its customer.
In early October of 2017, Logan was getting to-go food at an Asian street fair. When he received his container of pad thai, he saw that on it was written “cuidado,” which means “caution” or “watch out” in Spanish. The cooks had also drawn on some flames.
The best part of the exchange was his receipt. The kitchen had printed “spicy” 17 times in red. They took Logan’s challenge seriously, also typing out “make him regret being born” on the bottom of the paper.
When Logan got back to his office and opened his take-out container, his noodles were covered in red pepper flakes. Coworkers stood around as he ate his pad thai, waiting for hilarity too ensue.
How was it?
Seeing that the Pad Thai was covered in pepper flakes was a promising sign for the spice-loving Doan. His office mates gathered as he ate, anticipating an unfortunate (yet hysterical) office mishap.
“Some folks in my office thought I was crazy for eating it, but I didn’t really get a rush from it. I definitely didn’t regret [being born],” Doan said. “I often push myself to the limit, and this dish wasn’t as spicy as some of the stuff I’m typically used to.”
Wait. What?! NOTHING?!
Logan said his love for extremely spicy food “helps with keeping people from eating your leftovers.”
Of course, he shared his receipt on Reddit. The post got over 3,000 comments and over 125,000 upvotes.
One Reddit commenter told his own spicy story. User Hym3n said:
Oh this is good. Story time…
I also like my Asian food ridiculously spicy. My local Chinese place, in Colorado, only caters to other, “normal” white people, that think jalepenos are hot. Right.
So I call in and order my sesame chicken and ask for it spicy. Polite older Asian lady says “ok sesame chicken spicy,” but for some reason I got the feeling that she wasn’t taking me seriously.
“No no, please, I want it very spicy.” And again she replies, “ok sesame chicken spicy.”
I’m beginning to get the feeling that she’s not even really listening at all, so I just interrupt her and say “ma’am, I want it like ridiculously spicy, I want the sesame chicken painfully spicy!”
You can hear as she pulls the phone away, seemingly to yell into the back of the kitchen, “He say he want PAIN!!!”
…it was painfully spicy. 100% would do again.
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