Logan Doan did what any spice veteran would do when ordering Pad Thai: Make it extra spicy.
The chefs at Hawkers Asian Street Fare, located in Jacksonville, Florida, performed their culinary magic and fulfilled this masochistic request with fair warning: "MAKE HIM REGRET BEING BORN" was ominously imprinted on Doan's receipt order for one extra spicy Pad Thai (photo below).
The carton was covered with drawings of flames, Munchies reported, and inside the tub was an inordinate pyramid of pepper flakes. "The dish looked, frankly, like a gastrointestinal death sentence," the article wrote.
"Extra spicy" in America and in Thailand are two totally separate experiences. Peppercorns, lemongrass, turmeric, kaffir lime leaves, fresh coriander and, of course, chili powder (lots of it) are what make Thailand's cuisines so colorful, flavorful and tongue-numbing; most dishes are capsicum-laced. If you're not used to this level of heat, each Thai dish will be a guaranteed painful, eye-burning experience.
The photo of Doan's receipt order went viral on Reddit, amassing 124K upvotes and 3,000 comments, some of which describe user's personal brushes with Thai food that usually begin with an innocent unknowing.
One Reddit user, unbeknownst to him, ordered a Thai Spicy that would leave him "literally a wreck, for days." Reflecting on this grave error, he wrote: "It was soup, tables next to me moved away from the steam. It was burning their noses." The Reddit user recalls hallucinating for hours and suffering intestinal problems that took days to recover.
But Doan knew what he was getting into; this was not his first rodeo. Munchies described Doan as a "man with a ridiculously high tolerance for spicy food." But even Doan admitted that his extra spicy request was "a low key suicide attempt."
"Some folks in my office thought I was crazy for eating it, but I didn't really get a rush from it," Doan told the Kansas City Star on Oct. 9. "I often push myself to the limit, and this dish wasn't as spicy as some of the stuff I'm typically used to."
The upside to his high tolerance? Doan says, "It definitely helps with keeping people from eating your leftovers."