One of the strangest obsessions of 2015 was the Korean Fire Noodle Challenge featuring Samyang Food’s Buldalk Bokkeum Myeon (불닭볶음면) AKA Korean Fire Noodles.
It has been said that it’s one of the spiciest noodles in Korea. Dozens of Youtubers have filmed themselves trying to eat a pack of these fiery noodles and screaming in pain. I shared a pack with a friend on New Years Eve to kill some time while waiting for the countdown…
To prepare the noodles, you need to:
- Bring a pot of water to boil
- Add uncooked noodles to the boiling water
- Once the noodles are cooked, drain water and transfer noodles to serving bowl
- Add the seasonings (hot sauce and seaweed/sesame packets) and mix well
- Fell the burn
The first few bites were actually very enjoyable an it has a good balance of spicy and slight sweetness. After about 30 seconds, the intense heat will hit you in the mouth. I thought I could handle a decent amount of spicy since I love Korean food, but this was definitely very spicy. After a few slurps, we could fell heartburn-like pains.
The next morning, lets just say it wasn’t fun to be in the washroom…it burns.
If you want to try this, you can find it at most Korean specialty stores.