Yahoo! Guess what day it is? It’s none other than the sizzling, tongue-tingling celebration of International Hot and Spicy Food Day! Hold on to your taste buds because I’m about to spill the beans on my spicy food journey from a mild girl to a spicy girl.

Just A Little History

Back in the day, I was as mild as a summer breeze. Hot Cheetos? Forget about it. My husband, boyfriend back then, used to chuckle at my feeble attempts with anything remotely spicy. I’d be over there sweating, chugging water, and practically panting from the heat.

Then something clicked. Maybe it was love or maybe it was the allure of the spice life, but I decided to crank up the heat. Spicy chips, Indian cuisine with an extra kick, fiery noodles – you name it, I devoured it. I was on a mission to match my husband’s spice game.

Picture this: no more separate entrees at the Indian restaurant, no more laughs directed at my spicy struggles. We were finally on the same spice wavelength, and it felt like a victory. I had conquered the spice mountain!

Starting My Spice Filled Adventure

That’s when the fiery fun really began. I started experimenting with spicy recipes, adding a dash more spice here and there to build my tolerance. Dining out became a spicy adventure as I sought out any dish with a kick. Who was this spice-loving daredevil, and where was the mild girl I used to be?

Then came the game-changer – the Buldak noodle. It burst onto the scene, creating a spicy sensation. I scoured my local store for it, but by the time I found it, there was a new kid on the block: Buldak x2. Talk about spice overload! I was on a mission, and those noodles were calling my name.

Finally getting my hands on those noodles was like winning the spicy jackpot. Boiling the regular Buldak noodles got my excitement soaring, but then came the sauce – a dark, red elixir of spice. I took a bite, and my mouth went ablaze! It was like starting from square one, but I powered through, determined to conquer the fiery challenge.

The Buldak x2? Now, that was a spicy mountain to climb. I thought it was hotter than the regular, but like a pro, I conquered it. Starting with half the sauce packet, I dipped my toes into the fiery pool. Eventually, I was tossing in the whole packet, reveling in the burst of spicy goodness. And you know what? I loved every scorching moment of it.

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Honorable Mentions

Let’s spice up the flavor fiesta beyond the fiery Buldak noodles! Enter the delightful realm of Indomie Mi Goreng spicy noodles – they’re the life of the taste bud party! These noodles are as easy to customize as picking out your favorite outfit, with a protein of your choice and a side of veggies to add some flair. It’s like giving your taste buds a ticket to the flavor carnival.

But hold onto your taste bud hats because the adventure doesn’t stop there! Imagine Korean-inspired spicy chicken and spicy pork, grooving in a flavorful dance with some jap chae, all snuggled up next to a plate of steaming hot rice. Can you say “YUM”? It’s a spicy sensation that turns your palate into a celebration, and let me tell you, it’s a bash you want an invite to! Because I sure do, all the time!

International Hot and Spicy Food Day
International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Thoughts On International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Discovering there was an International Hot and Spicy Food Day was like destiny knocking on my door. Reflecting on my spice evolution, from a spice newbie to having a pretty darn good tolerance, was a blast. Do I still venture into non-spicy realms? Absolutely! There’s a world of deliciousness out there. But the best part? I can now laugh and tease my husband when something’s a tad too spicy for him. This spicy girl reigns supreme, and it’s a party of fiery fun!

Let me know what your favorite spicy food is. Whether it’s chips or a dish, I want to know!

A Few Spice Filled Recipes for International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Below are a few of my favorite recipes that are filled with spice! You can add even more spice to it if you want to! If you do, I would love to know how much you added!

Spicy Beef Stir Fry – Check out this Korean inspired beef stir fry dish. It’s sweet and spicy, what’s not to like?

Spicy Garlic Noodles – Spicy noods? Count me in!

Spicy Korean Wings – Another Korean inspired dish. This is a finger-licking crowd pleaser!

Slow Cooker Chili – Play with the spice levels on this one. But this is also so, so good.