There are two types of people in this world: those who massively rate spicy food and those who utterly despise it. While spice enthusiasts might find mild dishes too bland or "vanilla", the latter category of people might wonder why the feeling of your mouth being on fire would make you enjoy your food more than it would otherwise.
The thing is, our tastebuds vary tremendously and so one person's trash is another person's treasure. While some people might enjoy hot food because they think it gives their meal a stronger flavor, others would gladly take some inoffensive lemon and herb seasoning any day of the week.
Besides spicy food is usually pretty difficult to get right. Sometimes you get the 'extra hot' only to be disappointed you didn't bat an eye, but then other times you order something that you expect to just tickle your mouth and you find yourself running around begging for water or yogurt. Super embarrassing when you're on a date but, at least they can see our ambitious side.
Thai cuisine usually does spice right, and a dish that balances heat with freshness and taste well is pad Thai. When you're in the mood, a pad Thai can't be beaten, it's versatile and healthy (kind of). Most importantly it goes really well with any level of spice.
Logan Doan of Jacksonville, Fla. is a man with a stupidly high tolerance for spicy food- or so he thinks. We all know a guy like Logan Doan. There is at least one member of every friendship group that likes their food spicier than the rest.
Doan’s preferred spice level, however, isn’t listed on most restaurant menus, so during a trip to a local Asian food spot, he made sure to inform the server just how spicy he wanted his Pad Thai.
Yes, the Florida resident took a trip to the Hawkers Asian Street Fare while on his lunch break for something a little different. He ordered a simple pad Thai but requested that the chefs make it extra spicy.
“As a white guy, I always ask for ‘Thai hot,’ but I feel like the server doesn’t take this seriously, and they have the kitchen tone down the heat in fear that it will be too hot and I’ll send it back,” Doan told McClatchy. “I’ll often ask for them to tell the chef it’s not for a white guy, but I don’t think they do this.”
The request was taken pretty seriously. What he received in return was a carton covered with drawings of flames and inside was a tub of noodles topped with a veritable mound of pepper flakes. Quite frankly, the dish looked like a gastrointestinal death sentence.
Doan took to Reddit (going by the username Lowghen) and shared a photo of the receipt he received from the lunch stall and it makes for a hilarious read. The receipt is emblazoned with the word "Spicy" an eye-watering 17 times.
The receipt was topped off with the phrase in all caps "MAKE HIM REGRET BEING BORN." The "*Spec prep*" between the two sections of the sentence makes the pettiness from the stall even funnier.
The thread on Reddit has stories from daredevils like Doan who have tried, and failed, to stomach similar orders. Doan himself even joked that he asked the chef to make him a low key suicide attempt.
One user, sfgeek, recounts hallucinating after ordering his pad Thai with a Thai Spicy level of heat from the dish saying, "it was so hot my friend had to help me to the car." Another user brought up a thread from several weeks ago where an Australian user asked for an extra-piquant pho that made him physically ill.
It seems like Doan fared considerably better than the other bold gourmands, claiming that he felt just peachy after eating his lunch. Speaking to Kansas City Star Doan said: "Some folks in my office thought I was crazy for eating it, but I didn't really get a rush from it."
"I definitely didn’t regret [being born]. I often push myself to the limit, and this dish wasn’t as spicy as some of the stuff I’m typically used to."
At least the stall tried. If anything I'm quite jealous a restaurant went to those kinds of lengths to personalize an order, I'm usually misheard and given no spice at all when I play with the order.