In search of an eating challenge that is about the heat rather than the gluttonous quantity a diner can cram down their gullet, I believe I have found the first heat-oriented eating challenge in St. Louis.
As a regular, I’m surprised I hadn’t found out about this sooner. In fact, I’d even suggested they start one in the past after stories of their Super Bowl specialty: ghost pepper hot-wings.
Speaking with owner, Tommy Truong, while dining last night, it seems the current record is actually a Spicy Level 100! That diner called into work the next day so you’ll be happy to know it won’t take ousting him for you to get the Pearl Café nod of approval. While a handful of customers seem to be battling it out—outdoing each other with each visit—it takes a mere 25 heat level to make the Facebook gallery. It’s at 50+ the ghost peppers get involved, and Truong tells me they’re working on a t-shirt for the first customer that pulled the feat off which will appropriately read, Thai in the Hole.
My recommendation if you attempt this is to stray away from things like soups, curries, and noodles and go for a stir-fried dish of some sort instead. Having had a spicy level five soup, it’s not the heat that gets you with a dish like that, it’s the fumes.
Hats off to those that have made the cut, and cheers to your following mornings.