Chilli is an acquired taste. Some are born loving it, some need to warm up to it, and others simply cannot handle the heat. If you’re an extreme chilli-lover and beginning to feel bored with the usual claims-to-be-spicy-but-not-really dishes around town, here are the top 5 hottest dishes we could find. Warning: Take Caution Ahead.
Eden Noodles Cafe
Eden Noodles Cafe is a culinary celebrity in Auckland, with queues out the door every single day of the week. In fact, it gets so busy you’re advised to place your order on the phone before arriving and still expect a slight wait time. But, it is oh so worth it. The most talked-about items on the menu are the Dan Dan noodles and the pork dumplings in spicy sauce. The noodles are all hand-pulled and dumplings rolled by Eden Noodles themselves–Which you can spot right behind the counter. However, the main star of the show is the spicy sauce. It’s a combination of chilli oil, Sichuan peppercorn, and sugar. Sounds simple, but it creates a rich sauce that’ll leave a sting on your lips. There’s definitely a reason this place is always jam-packed!
In case the name isn’t a dead giveaway, Spicy House serves things HOT. The Balmoral eatery is simple and nothing fancy, however, we’ve all learnt along the way that some of the best eateries in Auckland come in plain packages. Branding themselves as “Spicy Food Experts” in the window, we can assure Spicy House will raise your body temperature with a few bites. The extensive Chinese menu is sprinkled with spicy dishes, from chicken and beef to soups and tofu. Anything with “spicy” in front of it on the menu is sure to pack a punch, with the most sought after dish being the hot and spicy chicken. Be prepared to sweat.
When we think “best Indian cuisine”, we think Paradise in Sandringham. The eatery empire that has taken over Sandringham Road with their sit-down restaurant, take-away, and buffet is incomparable when it comes to authentic Indian food–Including spices. We’ll warn you now, medium may just be your maximum. If you’re willing to tackle Indian hot, we suggest the Harabhara Chicken cooked with fresh herbs and green chilli paste. However, if you’re wanting to test the waters first, go for the classic Chicken 65 boasting a medium spicy-tag. Make sure to grab a cool mango lassi to get you through it.
The Lumsden Freehouse
How to tell if a dish is hot: It comes with a waiver you have to sign before digging in. The Lumsden Freehouse is a homely pub on Khyber Pass Road in New Market, serving up comfort food in the form of classic pub meals. But, little do most people know, The Lumsden is home to one of the hottest chicken wing recipes in the city. Between the burgers and pizzas, you’ll spot a large red caution sign on the menu. Their “Insane Wings” require a waiver to be signed to ensure you’re aware of what you’re getting yourself into. These wings have been known to make grown-adults cry, so make sure you’re well-prepared for the challenge.