Spice lovers will always love the heat from the food that makes one’s face blush, sweat trickle and stomach churn from dusk till dawn. No matter how torturous it may sound, the excitement we get from eating spicy food will make the fiery blast that awaits us seemingly enjoyable.
Many of us absolutely love spicy food, yet our bodies cannot take the heat. However, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Believe it or not, spice tolerance can actually be built up over time.
There are some dining establishments in Singapore where you can choose the spice level of your food—an excellent idea for those who simply want to challenge themselves. If you are someone like that, we have compiled a list of 11 places in Singapore where you can up your spice level on your next visit if you are tired of playing it safe.
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CURRY HOUSE COCO ICHIBANYA
Curry House Coco ICHIBANYA has over 1400 outlets worldwide and it is the place to go to whenever any craving for Japanese curry kicks in and luckily for us, there are five outlets in Singapore. While Coco Ichibanya’s menu ranges from curry rice to salad and pasta, their Japanese curry is the one that will steal your heart.
Diners get to customise their spice level from level 1 to level 5 for their curry rice set—daredevils should go ahead and order the highest level. It may not be the spiciest curry out there, but it will definitely leave you perspiring from the fiery heat.
#B3-25/27, 313 Orchard Road
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Tel: +65 6636 7280
(*Coco ICHIBANYA has several outlets islandwide)
GU THAI NOODLE CAFÉ
Thai food is just not the same without the intense spice level. Nestled in POMO, Gu Thai Noodle Café serves Thai Boat Noodles from just S$1.90, and we promise you that their Thai chilli packs a punch.
Diners can choose from level 1 to level 3, but we suggest you opt for no spice first as you would be able to help yourself to the Thai chilli at every table. We aren’t joking when we say that their Thai chilli could potentially leave you in tears, so being generous with their Thai chilli may not be the smartest idea.
Gu Thai Noodle Café
1 Selegie Road, #01-04 PoMo Mall
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut/ Bras Basah
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LAGNAA BAREFOOT DINING
Bare your feet and feed your soul with South and North Indian cuisine at Lagnaa Barefoot Dining, a humble eatery situated in the heart of Little India.
The place offers various levels of spiciness for their curries but proceed with caution—we heard that level 6 is so hot that your stomach will still be churning from the heat the next morning.
Lagnaa Barefoot Dining
6 Upper Dickson Road
Daily: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Tel: +65 6296 1215
Nearest Station: Little India
MA LA XIANG GUO
Many of us should be familiar with the lingering heat tingling on our lips and the numbing sensation that comes after having Ma La Xiang Guo. Choose between mild, medium and very spicy for every bowl of Ma La Xiang Guo that you are having!
The level of spiciness varies across different Ma La Xiang Guo stalls in Singapore and most will have you begging for mercy after a few mouthfuls.
‘Choose your heat before you eat’—this phrase is what you will find beside the PERI-ometer on Nandos’ menu. Their PERi-PERi Chilli is measured this way, with six different levels of spice.
Besides that, the restaurant’s signature chicken comes in five levels of spiciness—ranging from ‘Plain-ish’ to ‘Extra Hot’—so it can cater to everyone in the group, whether you prefer mild or wild.
23 Serangoon Central, B1-41, NEX Mall
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Tel: +65 6509 0331
Nearest Station: Serangoon
(*Nando’s has several outlets islandwide)
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Overeasy serves a tantalising collection of American-fare, including gourmet burgers and chicken wings.
Spice lovers will definitely want to try their chicken wings with an additional kick of spiciness—choose between 3 different spice levels from ‘Wimp’ and ‘Hot stuff’ to ‘Crazy mofo’. Daredevils who are looking for more can ask for their spicy wing roulette, but don’t say we didn’t warn you of that crazy spice level!
541 Orchard Road, #01-01 Liat Towers
Mon: 5pm – 11pm
Tue – Thu: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 10am – 1am
Sun: 10am – 11pm
Tel: +65 6684 1453
Nearest Station: Orchard
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Hailing all the way from Fukuoka to Singapore is Ramen Nagi, a famous award-winning ramen chain in Japan that serves fully customisable ramen to their patrons.
Upon ordering, diners will get to opt for the amount of Butao Home Made Fire Sauce that is added to their bowl of ramen. Ramen Nagi offers 12 different levels of spiciness there, including no spice and an option for 1/2 spice.
Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, #01-512/513
Daily: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Tel: +65 6821 1601
Nearest Station: Promenade/ Esplanade
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SAMA CURRY & CAFÉ
Craving for some drinkable curry? SAMA Curry & Café specialises in whipping up and assortment of flavoured curries—including Tomato, coconut and shrimp soup bases.
SAMA Curry & Café serves their curries with 3 categories of spiciness to choose from—Baby Bear (Levels 0-5), Adult Bear (6-15), and Crazy Bear (16-30). If you can take the heat well, any level from 20 onwards should not be a problem!
SAMA Curry & Café
6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #03-26
Mon – Sat: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Saturdays & Sundays
Tel: +65 6224 0590
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
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Ever heard of ‘Spaghetti From Hell’? It is one serving of spaghetti that can send your body and your mind to hell and back—and it is served at Southwest Tavern.
Spaghetti From Hell comes in three stages—Hell’s Gateway, Halfway There, and Level 18, which is known to be the spiciest spaghetti in Singapore; it is so spicy that you may highly likely you would end up in tears with just one mouthful.
8 Boon Lay Way
Daily: 11am – 12am
Tel: +65 6515 4303
Nearest Station: Jurong East
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Dungeness crabs, Sri Lanka crabs, Boston lobsters, mussels and clams—these are what you can expect from The Boiler, a seafood joint that serves finger-licking good seafood and an enthralling range of beers.
For those who are in a group and opting for a combo seafood set, you can choose from 3 different levels of spiciness for a sauce of your preference.
18 Howard Road
#01-06 Novelty Bizcentre
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 5pm – 10.30pm
Tel: +65 6635 1285
Nearest Station: Tai Seng
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SUNSET GRILL & PUB
Sunset Grill & Pub’s chicken wings are almost guaranteed to leave you in tears. But those that have conquered their legendary level 35 hot wings will have their picture taken and exhibited on the wall of fame. Is it worth the pain? You decide.
259 Jalan Kayu
Tel: +65 6482 0244
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Wed to Sun: 4pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Seng Kang