Chicken phaal from the Brick Lane Curry House, New York
Chicken phaal from the Brick Lane Curry House, New York

Here are top 20 most spicy foods of all time:

  • Phaal curry: This Indian dish is said to be the hottest curry in the world, made with Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper), habanero, and other fiery chilies. It is so hot that some restaurants offer a reward for finishing it.
  • Sichuan hot pot: This Chinese dish involves a range of meats and veggies cooked in a bubbling, spicy broth made with Sichuan peppercorns and dried Sichuan peppers for serious kick.
  • Shrimp aguachiles: This Mexican dish is similar to ceviche but with more bite, as raw marinated shrimp are topped with a sauce of lime juice, cilantro, and serrano or habanero peppers.
  • Jerk chicken: This Jamaican dish is marinated with a spice rub that includes Scotch bonnet peppers, one of the hottest chilies in the world. The chicken is then grilled or smoked for a fiery and smoky flavor.
  • Vindaloo: This Indian dish is a variation of a Portuguese dish that involves meat marinated in vinegar and spices. The Indian version adds red chili peppers, ginger, garlic, and other spices to make it extra hot.
  • Otak-otak: This Southeast Asian dish is a fish cake wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over charcoal. The fish is mixed with eggs, coconut milk, and a spice paste that includes chili peppers, lemongrass, galangal, and turmeric.
  • Tom yum: This Thai soup is made with lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, and crushed chili peppers. It can be made with chicken, shrimp, or seafood, and is often served with coconut milk to balance the heat.
  • Wot: This Ethiopian stew is made with meat or vegetables cooked in clarified butter and berbere, a spice mix that contains dried red chilies, ginger, garlic, cloves, nutmeg, and other spices. The stew is served with injera, a sourdough flatbread that is used to scoop up the food.
  • Sik sik wat: This Eritrean dish is similar to wot but uses more onions and less butter. It also uses fenugreek seeds and black cardamom pods to add more flavor and heat to the stew.
  • Kai tunu: This Tanzanian dish is a grilled chicken marinated in a sauce of lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili peppers. The chicken is then basted with more sauce while grilling for a spicy and tangy taste.
  • Harissa: This North African condiment is made with roasted red peppers, garlic, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and hot chili peppers. It is used as a dip, spread, or marinade for meats and vegetables.
  • Camarones a la diabla: This Mexican dish is made with shrimp cooked in a sauce of tomato puree, onion, garlic, oregano, and chipotle peppers. The chipotle peppers add a smoky and spicy flavor to the dish.
  • Kimchi jjigae: This Korean dish is a stew made with kimchi (fermented cabbage), pork belly, tofu, scallions, garlic, ginger, and gochugaru (red pepper flakes). The stew is simmered until the kimchi becomes soft and sour.
  • Papa a la huancaina: This Peruvian dish is made with boiled potatoes topped with a cheese sauce that includes aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper), onion, garlic, evaporated milk and saltine crackers. The sauce can be mild or spicy depending on the amount of chili pepper used.
  • Larb: This Laotian dish is a salad made with minced meat (usually pork or chicken) cooked with lime juice, fish sauce and toasted rice powder. It is seasoned with mint leaves, cilantro and bird’s eye chilies for a fresh and spicy flavor.
  • Cau-cau: This Peruvian dish is a tripe stew cooked with potatoes, aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper), turmeric, garlic and mint leaves. It can be served with rice or bread.
  • Sambal oelek: This Indonesian condiment is made with crushed red chilies, garlic salt and vinegar. It is used as a dip or sauce for various dishes such as fried rice, noodles or meat skewers.
  • Suicide chicken wings: This American dish is made with chicken wings coated in a very hot sauce that usually contains cayenne pepper, habanero or ghost pepper. The wings are then deep-fried or baked until crispy.
  • Gong bao ji ding: This Chinese dish is also known as kung pao chicken. It is made with diced chicken stir-fried with peanuts, scallions and dried red chilies. The sauce contains soy sauce, vinegar sugar and cornstarch.
  • Piri-piri chicken: This African dish is also known as peri-peri chicken. It is made with chicken marinated in a sauce of piri-piri (African bird’s eye chili), garlic lemon juice and oil. The chicken is then grilled or roasted for a spicy and juicy taste.
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