It’s no secret that Thai people love to put chilies in just about every dish that they make. That’s why it should come as no surprise that a chili eating competition has emerged on the island of Phuket. The Navrang Mahal Indian restaurant is once again holding its annual Bhut Jolokia “Ghost Chili” Challenge. The Ghost Chili is a super hot chili from India and last year the Navrang Mahal team decided to hold a competition for people brave enough to try it. Why is this chili so special? You ask. Well it’s 401.5 times hotter than Tabasco sauce, which is pretty darn hot. 

The Bhut Jolokia Ghost chili became famous in 2007 when it was rated the world’s hottest chili by the Guinness book of records. Other hybrid chilis that are even spicier have since been made but the Ghost chili is still ranked as one of the most mind blowing chilies in the world. It has more than one million Scoville heat units. I’m no scientist but that sounds like enough to turn your face bright red and make smoke come out of your ears and nostrils.

Chili lovers from all over the world will be attending this piping hot event. The ghost chili obviously has a kick but it’s also said to be quite flavorsome. Contestants don’t have to eat the chili on its own, that would be torture; the ghost chili is served with a hot Indian curry to make the ride through the digestive system a little bit easier. Winners of the competition will be given prizes that include a 3,000 baht voucher from Jaspal Tailors; a dinner for two at Navrang Mahal’s Indian Curry Night and also refreshments at the Thai & Seafood restaurant at the Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa.

So if you’re up for testing your limits call the Navrang Mahal Indian restaurant for details on how to take part in this insane competition. Only 20 contestants will be permitted so hurry in for your chance to burn your insides.

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