If you’re a Malaysian, you’ll know we love our spice. None of that Jalapeno or Sriracha stuff, we want it tough and sizzling on our tongues. Spiciness is definitely subjective, but in this country, you learn to eat spice very early on in life.

It’s literally part of our culture and heritage. You’d start out with mild stuff like satay sauce, and then move on to curry chicken and sambal (usually with nasi lemak). Pretty soon all these are meh, and you’re looking for more chili padi in your mee goreng. For you spice dragons out there, here are some places to check out:

  1. Nando’s Peri-Peri XX Hot

Nando’s has been here for quite some time. As we all know, they have a range of spiciness for their chickens, and their sauces too. From the harmless garlic chili sauce to the stinging Extra Extra Hot peri-peri sauce, you can take your pick. If you want a double whammy, order their ‘Extra Hot’ level of spiciness for your chicken, and then dip it in their XX Hot Peri-Peri sauce. This will definitely take your tongue on a journey. If you can’t get enough of their Peri-Peri sauce, you can also purchase them to bring home and have it with everything you love, like fries and keropok!

Locations: Find your nearest Nando’s here
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NandosMY/

Nando's peri peri sauces
Image credit: Nando’s FB
  1. Chili Pan Mee @ Restoran Kin Kin

Restoran Kin Kin has been in operation for many years, serving handmade noodles topped with spring onions, ikan bilis, minced pork, garlic, and a soft boiled egg. Now here’s where the magic starts. On every table is a container full of deep-fried, dried chili flakes which you’re supposed to scoop into your bowl of noodles. The more spice you want, the more chili flakes you can spoon out. For beginners, 1 spoonful is recommended. However, if you’re a pro, people recommend at least 3 or 4 spoonfuls of the stuff.

Address: 40, Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman,Kampung Baru, 50300,Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 6.30am-6.30pm, Daily

kin kin chili pan mee
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  1. The Signature Sambal @ Indobowl, SS15

Indobowl is an Indonesian restaurant built around the famous instant noodle, Indomie. Here, you can order Indomie served with various types of chicken, beef or seafood. There are also rice sets and nasi goreng. However, the condiment that makes everything sizzle is their signature sambal that really lights up your tongue. Apart from the signature sambal, they have two other types of sambal called sambal Balado and sambal Ijo. Any one of these is a sure kick to your meal. It’s even better if you can have all three at once, like in their Mumbo Jumbo platter.

Address: 66, Jalan SS 15/4C, SS15, 47500 Subang Jaya
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-10pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indobowlsubang15/
Website: http://indobowlcafe.com/

Indobowl mumbo jumbo
Image credit: Indobowl FB
  1. Ayam Gepuk Pak Gembus

Ayam Gepuk is an Indonesian chain of eateries that has recently opened branches in Malaysia. Their formula is pretty simple. Crispy, freshly fried chicken is served with some fried tofu and tempe, and topped with the most fiery sambal ever. Every day, the stall makes a huge container of its red and green chili sambal, with more than 250 pieces of bird’s eye chili incorporated into it with onions, garlic, and larger red chillies. A generous portion of it will be slathered onto your fried chicken which is served with white rice. You’ll want to show up at the shops pretty early as they tend to sell out fast.

Address: Multiple outlets in Gombak,Selayang and Keramat. Check here for addresses.
Opening hours: 11am until finished, Saturdays to Thursdays. Closed on Fridays
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayamgepukpakgembusmalaysia/

ayam gepuk pak gembus
Image credit: Ayam Gepuk FB
  1. Burger Terpedas di Malaysia @ Salt And Pepper, Bangi

Salt and Pepper is a western food joint in Bangi, and they have a burger that can beat even the spiciest cihli padi sambal. Their signature Burger Terpedas di Malaysia or Malaysia’s Spiciest Burger is covered in a sauce made with the 5 spiciest peppers in the world. These include the Bhut Jolokia, Carolina Reaper, Black Mamba, and Seven Pot Prima. Many who’ve tried this haven’t succeeded beyond the first bite. Can you take the heat?

Address: 46, Jalan 3/70, Seksyen 3 Bandar Baru Bangi, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
Opening hours: 3.00pm – 11.30pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays

spiciest burger in Malaysia
Image credit: Salt and Pepper FB
  1. Habanero Hot Wings @ Frontera

Frontera’s hot wings are made with their signature Inferno sauce, packed with plenty of Habanero peppers and served with some cooling ranch sauce. The best way to enjoy these wings is with a serving of beer, since Frontera is also a bar. This Tex-Mex eatery also serves a whole lot of other main dishes, like Tacos, Tortillas, Burgers and Mains, some of them with the spicy Inferno sauce too.

Address:Lights at Palm Square,Jaya One,46200, Petaling Jaya,Selangor Darul Ehsan,
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-11pm

Frontera habanero hot wings
Image credit: Frontera Sol of Mexico FB

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