7 MEALS FOR SPICE LOVERS ON THE COAST
CAN’T GET YOUR FOOD HOT ENOUGH? THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WILL TEST YOUR METTLE
If you think sweet chilli sauce is too spicy, turn the page now. Here are seven of the hottest, on the verge of tastebud-burning, meals on the Sunshine Coast for the true chilli advocates who dare. Consider yourself warned.
Numbing chicken wings @ Spice Bar
It’s all in the name. Spice Bar at Mooloolaba serves up a fusion of modern Asian cuisine with ever-evolving local produce seasoned with fresh herbs and, you guessed it, spices. But if we had to pick one dish for the spiciest of spice fans, you can’t beat their numbing chicken wings. Key word: numbing. These twice-cooked wings are served under a fiery blanket of whole fried chillies dressed in house-made Sichuan chilli oil for the ultimate numbingly good flavour explosion.
Inferno pizza @ Little Italy
You’ll need the fire extinguisher (preferably Bianco or Rosso flavoured) to finish this meal. Little Italy at Buddina has packed a big punch on the spice-scale with their Inferno pizza. Each slice starts with a tabasco and tomato sauce base, then it’s topped with capsicum, red onion, spicy beef, jalapenos and spicy Italian sausage. Bon appetite.
Bahn mi hotdog @ The Good Bar
What’s hotter than a hotdog? An Asian-inspired hot dog, obviously. Staying true to Asian cuisine, the American staple has a spicy twist at The Good Bar at Mooloolaba. Their Bahn mi hotdog stacks on the heat with fresh red chilli, slow cooked pork belly, cucumber, carrot, coriander and sriracha sauce. Why not add a side of chilli fries for an extra dose of the hot stuff ?
Torresmo @ Machu Picchu Restaurant and Bar
From sexy salsa rhythms to spicy cuisine, Machu Picchu Restaurant and Bar in Maroochydore knows how to turn up the heat. Start the fire with some torresmo. This Brazilian street dish of twice-fried pork belly with peri peri salt and hot chilli sauce is the perfect start to a hot night out.
Chile Chica margarita @ La Canteena
Consider yourself a hardcore chilli enthusiast? Take your love affair with the hot stuff to a whole new level with a Chile Chica margarita at La Canteena at Maroochydore. This spicy little fireball of liquid is the perfect companion to spicy tacos, burritos, nachos or whatever zesty Mexican dish you desire. While it may be served icy cold, this stuff is hot enough to get the fiesta firing.
Chicken burger @ Ricks Garage
The chicken burger at Ricks Garage at Palmwoods comes with two options – mild or “frickin hot’’. Obviously, we’re opting for the latter option. But for our sweet chilli type spice fans (aka the rookies) option one allows you to enjoy the same meal as your spice-loving friend without the fiery zing. Just don’t get them mixed up!
Fried rice with chilli and basil @ Hot Chilli Bean Thai Cafe
Hot Chilli Bean Thai Cafe at Coolum praises the health benefits of Thailand’s beloved herbs and spices and they aren’t afraid to use them. Their fried rice with chilli and basil includes all the good stuff from a traditional Thai-style fried rice, only hotter. Egg, onion, peas, shallots, basil leaves and freshly chopped chilli are tossed with your choice of meat for a fried rice with extra zing.