Our spicy instant noodles taste test, featuring the infamous Ghost Pepper noodles

There was a time when the Hot Samyang Chicken Noodles was spicy enough for all of us—a time much simpler, and more innocent. Then came the 2x Spicy Hot Chicken, to which challenges outbroke; yet mysteriously, the hype of the once-insane tongue-scorcher had sizzled out for some people, leaving them craving for a stronger hit.

This month, a new contender arose, challenging all spice-loving Singaporeans: Daebak’s Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken. And along with it is last month’s release of the Mala Xiang Guo instant noodles from Myojo’s Dry Bowl series.

In this cautionary tale, we taste five bowls of spicy instant noodles—Samyang’s original and 2x Hot Chicken Noodles, Myojo’s Mala Xiang Guo, Nissin’s Super Hot Miso (out of curiosity) and finally Daebak’s Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken, to decide if they lived up to our expectations and to compare just how the million-Scoville peppers fared against the original spicy favourites. Tears were shed.