Friday, August 26, 2011

Chilli Rush

Heat-seekers can scorch their taste buds at Chilli Rush with fiery, fearsome fare that erupts up the Scoville scale with geyser-like fury.

Chicken wings are the red-hot specialty here, calibrated in increasing intensity from 1 to 10. The lowest level is for toddlers & the timid, while the peak of punishment contains Naga Jolokia, or the "ghost pepper," recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's spiciest.

We kicked off with "Level 3" wings, soaked in a sauce that's slightly sweat-inducing, similar to many varieties of sambal that accompany nasi lemak.

Vegetarian wings, made of mock meat, with "Level 6" Habanero sauce. A few years ago, when Frontera first opened nearby at Jaya One, we brazenly chewed on pure Habanero chili there and ended up helplessly sprawled on the restaurant's sofa in a cold sweat for half an hour. Mercifully, we managed to maintain our dignity at Chilli Rush.

"Level 10" chicken wings, coated with northeastern India's Naga Jolokia chili. We only took several bites before surrendering. For comparison, Naga Jolokia has a Scoville rating of about 1 million heat units _ more than 10 times that of "cili padi." These wings crackle with a high-voltage spiciness that persists on the palate and burns slowly in the stomach. Even when hell freezes over, these babies might remain ablaze; too hot to handle, but way too cool to miss.

Beef burger, with house-made patty, punched up with a thin layer of "Level 5" sauce. The meat was deliciously lean, kinda like a cross between a steak and a regular burger patty.

Skittish about culinary pyrotechnics? Try something less penetratingly painful: spaghetti tossed in Indonesian gado-gado sauce with grilled chicken satay. Excellent, with every strand of the noodles blanketed in scene-stealing peanut gravy.

Anxious to cool down, we hopped over to The Bee for The Last Polka's current indulgences: strawberry cream cheese, French toast & coconut kaffir lime-flavored ice cream.

Chilling out some more with Chardonnay.

Wolf Blass Shiraz, a steal at Chilli Rush for RM70+ per bottle.

Ultimate Mudslide cocktail.



Chilli Rush,
Jaya One, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7960-7368
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

33 comments:

  1. I watched this programme once about a guy who went around eating all sorts of chillis for a chilli-eating challenge. Sounds like torture. Lol. Glad you survived.

    ReplyDelete
  2. baby sumo: thanks! i'm actually scared of chilies, so this was like a 'fear factor' challenge for me! usually, i even avoid Nando's extra hot peri-peri sauce :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. seem to be a good place to chit chat with bunches of friends :p

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now this is a genuinely interesting concept for a resto, nice find! Any chilli inspired desserts?

    ReplyDelete
  5. fui: yeps, a very friendly hangout! there were many different groups here sitting around after work and all looking pretty cheerful :D
    hungry female: interesting question! unfortunately, there are only regular cakes (red velvet, carrot, tiramisu & lychee), brownies and bud's ice cream so far. hopefully there'll be a level 10, lethally spicy panna cotta here someday!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Suprisingly u survived!...hahaha :p

    Will definitely try d beef burger n gado-gado spaghetti...but I think I can only survive until Level 3 max while sweating bucketloads...hehe...

    ReplyDelete
  7. I may survive, but I'm not sure about if my tastebuds would though. :P

    ReplyDelete
  8. ulric: there'll be an eating challenge here tonight (friday) between the staff members of the malaysiakini and malaysian insider news websites to see who'll crowned the chili kings & queens! i think my money's on the folks at insider :D
    qwazymonkey: my friend said his tongue went numb for two seconds before it exploded in flames! no permanent damage, luckily (though i could still feel the heat in my insides four hours later) =)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Are the wings all the same price? I'm sure a lot of people will give those level 10s a try, simply because we're such suckers for punishment! I know I'm gonna head there soon as I can.. =D

    ReplyDelete
  10. hopefully you don't get diarrhea

    ReplyDelete
  11. Now THIS looks like a fun challenge! There would obviously be triumph at level 10 but I would like to be able to clean my plate so realistically, I don't think I'd get past 4!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Interesting leh, not sure which level we can reach. :P

    ReplyDelete
  13. "Even when hell freezes over, these babies might remain ablaze; too hot to handle, but way too cool to miss."

    Wah so 80's Rock lah you. And I'll so try Level 10 but with some handy alcohol nearby to douse the flames... :P

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dear lord, the things you do just to review a place! Especially when you are such a wimp with spicy food. Clap clap clap! hahaha. Wish I were there to watch you eat lah. Congratulations on surviving the chilli challenge, my friend. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Good place to test tolerance for spicy food. Haha. Wonder how the vegetarian wings fared against the real one. Hhmm...

    ReplyDelete
  16. dropsofcontentment: prices start at RM12.90+ for six "level 1" wings, rising to RM16+ for six "level 10" wings. an extra RM3+ for an astronomical increase in suffering, heh :D
    michelle: phew, so far am feeling OK! =)

    ReplyDelete
  17. min: true, i think level 3-5 would be sufficiently spicy for most of us. after that, it seems difficult to actually ENJOY eating the wings, much less FINISH them :D
    ck: if i can reach level 10, you definitely can too! but try a small bite first, heheh =)

    ReplyDelete
  18. kenny: how did you know i was thinking about the eagles and the black crowes. heheh. i can envision you finishing half a level 10 wing, but not the whole wing! and yes, brandy might numb the pain, like an anesthetic :D
    lemongrass: thank you! ya lor, i'd LOVE to watch you munch on the Level 10 wings someday too! i'll stand by with a cup of the last polka's durian ice cream to help ease your agony! =)
    chong: the vegetarian wings were nice too, with a firm, meaty bite and a savory flavor. and they were conveniently bone-free, of course, heh :D

    ReplyDelete
  19. Watching me eat chilli is like watching paint dry lor. I did the habanero challenge at Frontera without even breaking a sweat. You'd find better entertainment in watching Kenny talk about his showers with the Devil.

    ReplyDelete
  20. lemongrass: or simply combine the best of both! watch you eat super-spicy chili while kenny showers with the devil beside you (we'll need your persuasive powers to make that happen though) :D

    ReplyDelete
  21. Interesting concept! But yea, i nd my desserts! choc chilli brownies & chili ice cream pls!

    ReplyDelete
  22. tng: heheh, or maybe you can just save some of the chili from the main courses and dab it on the ice cream! :D

    ReplyDelete
  23. I dunno lah. Of late I've been having alcoholic cravings - I totally blame your Soul'd Out post. :P

    ReplyDelete
  24. kenny: a sudden longing for booze! oh, joy! my job is done, my mission accomplished! seeya at the bar, mate! :D

    ReplyDelete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Mel: glad to hear you enjoyed it! They seem to be pleasing the crowds quite well so far :D

    ReplyDelete
  27. i liked the deco of this place. very inspirational!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Eiling: kudos to the interior designer! =)

    ReplyDelete
  29. wah! that spicy ar? Habanero wings begone! Time to step aside for level 10 wings! woohoo!

    ReplyDelete
  30. ciki: put your taste buds to the test! i wonder whether they'd serve the naga jolokia chili on its own, without any wings! :D

    ReplyDelete
  31. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Chilli lovers LIKE the Chilli Rush Page in Facebook -- Get updates on the hottest stuff in town http://facebook.com/ChilliRush

    ReplyDelete
  33. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete