Roller-coasters, shark diving, bungee jumping…there’s a certain thrill to be had from experiences that scare you or push you to physical and mental limits. These noodles are the culinary equivalent of that. Here’s what I think of Maggi Pedas Giler.
- Brand: Maggi
- Name: Pedas Giler Seafood Berapi
- Origin: Malaysia
- Type: Dry
- Halal: Yes
- Buy it from: Shopee, Lazada
Noodle: 3 out of 5
This is your typical Maggi wheat noodles – springy, chewy, goes well with anything.
Garnishings: 0 out of 5
These instant noodles don’t come with any garnishings. At the price point (around RM3.50), it would have been nice to have some vegetable shavings. By contrast, the Nissin Cup Noodle range, which is a slightly more expensive RM4, comes with a serving of dehydrated vegetables and a tiny shrimp or two.
Spiciness: 5 out of 5
See the neon orange noodles in the pictures above? That’s not Photoshop – that’s pure, unadulterated, chemically-formulated spicy.
It starts out like this: you take the first bite. Then you scoff – this isn’t so bad. You can handle it. Then it starts to burn. Your eyes get watery and your nose starts leaking. Your lips are bright and engorged, and you pant between each bite. You feel the noodles as they make their way down to your stomach, and you worry about the state of your bowels the next morning.
At the same time, your brain goes on overdrive. The capsaicin – the component in chilli peppers that makes them spicy – stimulates your pain receptors, triggers the release of endorphins and dopamines, and you register pain as pleasure.
Which is to say, these noodles are extremely spicy, and certain types of people will enjoy them very much.
Flavour: 2 out of 5
This packet claims to be ‘seafood’ flavoured, but I couldn’t taste anything that suggested aquatic origins. But then again, it’s hard to taste anything when your tongue is numb and taste buds dulled from the heat. In between bites (and swigs of hot milk), I did make out a faint savoury flavour, but it would be a stretch to call it seafood.
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Was it eye-wateringly spicy? Did it make my stomach hurt? …Would I eat it again? Yes, yes and yes. If you like spicy food (and don’t have an overly sensitive digestive system), give this one a try.