I love spicy food, but I never tried eating raw chilies (in bahasa we called it cili padi) just like that. But last night when I saw Bibik Amy eating kuetiaw goreng with raw chilies, I was curious. So yeah I’ve decided to give it a try.
I wish I didn't.
It was OK, and it was very hot, my tongue was on fire. I must admit, the chili started stinging at the 2 minute point and peaked at the 3 minute point. My eyes were watering and my nose was running. My stomach was queasy for the entire night and it felt hot when I took a dump, but no other major side effects.
Words of advice, start with the mildest chili and work your way up the heat factor. I’m sure you don’t want to end up like me. I can’t sleep the whole night, spending most of the time in the toilet, which is suck.
My stomach is still feeling uncomfortable until now.
I can’t imagine how Bibik Amy is able to eat it every day, munching on them raw as a snack. I always tell her, “If you've been handling chilies, wash your hands before visiting the toilet. Otherwise this will be the expression on your face”.
Heh heh heh.
Have you ever tried eating jeruk maman (a veggie called maman and fermented with cooked rice, salt, chilies and sugar for days)?
Jeruk maman is my favorite, and I was delightful to see jeruk maman served on the table for lunch today. This dish is easily found in the northern states. Some may like it, some may not. It can be eaten just like that with plain rice and other dishes. I love to eat it just like that. But my mom loves to steam it with fish.
I bet most of you guys never even heard about jeruk maman. Well what a shame. But seriously people, you should give it a try.