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Published March 22nd 2013
Sometimes you just stumble across a dish that you can never forget, a dish that will forever hold a place in your heart, as it had you crumbling to your knees and begging for mercy.
One balmy night in Adelaide, a few of us went out for what was expected to be simply a nice pleasant dinner at the Saracens Hotel. Everything was going as planned, until Steve dropped a bombshell and decided to order the 'Possible Side Effects' pizza.
The guy behind the counter smiled charmingly, until we got to Steve's order. He looked alarmed and advised us that that particular pizza comes with a warning on the menu and no refunds. We thought he was playing games, but he looked seriously concerned.
Service was reasonably quick and the 'Possible Side Effects' pizza arrived at the table. It looked delicious. I could feel the taste buds popping with anticipation and I was wishing I had ordered it. All our other dishes arrived and we began tucking in.
After a while it occurred to me that Steve was strangely silent. I noticed he had only eaten a small part of the pizza and was sitting there staring at it, hands by his side. After a few minutes he would take another bite, put it down, eat some cucumber, yoghurt, water, pacing himself.
As we later found out, it's all about the Scoville Heat Scale. Consider this: Tabasco sauce is rated about 8,000 Scoville Units on the heat scale, but the Blair's Mega Death Sauce on this pizza is rated at 550,000 Scoville Units on the heat scale, and it has been slathered on generously!
Steve, bless his soul, managed almost three quarters of the pizza, but at a snail's pace, highly unusual for a hungry man. Soon enough Steve had stopped eating it completely. The pizza was just sitting there looking all succulent and delicious. Half an hour earlier, Steve had been bragging about how hot he liked his food, and now we were all wondering why he couldn't finish it.
Of course, I could eat anything, I was the Goddess of the hot dish and nothing would faze me. I looked at Steve, looked at the pizza and asked for a taste. I mean seriously, it's just a pizza, how hot can it be? Steve kindly obliged with a wry smile.
I bit into it and froze. All sorts of terrible swear words flashed through my head, but I couldn't speak. The Mega Death Sauce hit my mouth like a lightning bolt. I sat there, frozen in shock. This kind of extreme heat is impossible to believe until you have seared your mouth trying it.
Naturally Steve had the last laugh while I completely surrendered to a menu item for the first time in my life.
Steve is a legend. I look at how much he has eaten and it suddenly seems a mighty feat. I want to give this man a medal. One needs a good game plan to eat a pizza like this.
I think the Possible Side Effects pizza at Saracens Hotel in Adelaide might just be the hottest pizza in Australia.
Have you had this pizza or another unbelievably hot one yourself? Tell us about any other pizzas that are so hot they could potentially send you to the emergency room.
HOT TIP: If you eat this pizza, just make sure you have some vaseline or something soothing handy the next morning for your precious rear end.
It was unbelievably hot, but even hotter because of the chunks of chilli on the pizza too. However, I cannot argue with the Scoville scale and Scorpion Strike sounds like it would be a scary challenge for heat seekers.