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The hottest sauce I have ever tasted

The hottest sauce I have ever tasted

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Now, I like my sauces. Ketchup, sweet chilli sauce, barbecue, sweet and sour sauce, Korean dipping sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, oyster sauce - you name it, I'd probably fall in love with it. In fact, I like sauces so much I always joke that I order fries, wedges, chicken wings or fish fritters to go with the sauces (the real joke is that it isn't really a joke). The sauce is always primary, and the dishes secondary. Needless to say, I make sure to always have the very basic supply of tomato ketchup and chilli sauce in the fridge at ALL times.  One sauce that I cannot live without is Lingham's Sweet Chilli Sauce. My dad used to swear by this whenever he had fried fritters of any sort or sausages or eggs, and I got myself hooked on it as well. It really is a divine sauce and I absolutely love it.

So one day, my bottle in the fridge was running out, using my eye scanner I deduced that it would probably run out in '2 brunches' - that meant that after 2 sunny side up+sausage breakfast meals I would be completely out of my favourite sauce. Thus, I included it in the grocery list and the husband went to get some.

Fast forward to about 3 days later, it is late at night, I am peckish for a bite, and I find some fish crackers in the kitchen. I enjoy my fish crackers with some chilli sauce (actually I enjoy everything with some sort of sauce), and so proceeded to pour some out onto a saucer. The first taste of the sauce was akin to having the Devil dance on my tongue, and I was sweating buckets by the time I finished chewing my first cracker. Just when did my favourite sauce get so spicy? Perhaps it's because it's the first pour out of a new bottle. Just a fluke, I told myself.

A week later, I made some sausages and eggs for the kids and myself for lunch. Out came the bottle of sweet chilli sauce which I promptly poured onto my plate. The first bite was a killer! I kept going 'sssssst, sssssst' and my eyes started to tear, and my vision began to get blurry. Damn it! I was undergoing a massive chilli breakdown, my sweat glands were in an  overactive mode and I thought I could just die, just die! I downed a glass of milk and when the heat dissipated. I put this incident at the back of my burnt mind. But a couple of hours later, when I dug it back out from there again to analyze, I asked if perhaps I was hallucinating, and maybe the sauce wasn't that hot but it was all in my head for some reason (which I knew not about), or perhaps because the weather was warm, everything spikes, including the foods that I eat. I kept going through reason after reason.

Today, in the afternoon, I was discussing this topic with my mum and she said that she tried the sauce as well a few days back and she was taken aback by how hot the sauce was, and she too suspected that maybe her tastebuds had gone awry the night she took it. I said Yeah! I had the same experience! And with that, I opened the fridge and snatched the bottle of this wretched devil sauce out from its cozy shelf space and turned it around to take a closer look at its label. It read...

Lingham's X-hot Chilli Sauce

And there it was! "Extra Hot" - those two words hammered into my brain and I felt stupid instantly. I should have looked at the label earlier! The husband had bought the wrong bottle, "hallelujah" and "goddamned it" at the same time.

It's easy to pick up a new bottle of my normal potion, but the feeling of inadequacy and stupidity at not having checked the label earlier just nags at me. However, if you are in the mood or in the market for a sauce that is exceptionally and irrationally HOT and SPICY, and will make you go "SSSSST, SSSSSSST" x 1000, and make you sweat buckets, this is the one for you. Trust me, there is no other like it. Even Sriracha sauce isn't as hot, this is THE bomb and A bomb.

Drop me a line if you tried this sauce and survived it. By survive, I mean you managed to get through at least a tablespoon of it without soaking your shirt with your sweat and going "ssssst, ssssst". I would like to find someone who can survive it, because he/she might just as well have a shot at beating the Devil if this sauce doesn't faze them.



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