The short answer is yes, 8000 SHU is hot. Even though, 8000 SHU is near the bottom of a scale that goes up into the millions, the fact that it shows up at all means it is going to be at least a little spicy. But how hot it truly feels depends on your tolerance. Some people can tolerate - you could even say enjoy - spicy foods with a SHU rating over 1 million. Other people’s eyes might start watering if they even get near anything that barely shows up on the Scoville chart.
The long winded answer is that different sources of heat affect people in different ways. Each person has their own sensitivity level and tolerance. On top of that, some foods that claim 8000 SHU might feel like 1 million SHU. We can thank Wilbur Scoville, for the ability to put a number of how spicy certain hot foods are. He came up with this scale in 1912 by testing on different individuals. Sounds fun right?
The best example of this is the viral sensation know as the Spicy Noodle Challenge on YouTube. With hundreds of millions of combined views, the challenge is to see how fast - or for most of us - how much Samyang 2x Spicy Hot Ramen Noodles you can eat before you tap out. Samyang claims a rating of only 8808 SHU for these specific noodles that come in the red packaging. Red means its spicy right? But its only 8808 SHU? How spicy can these noodles really be? Fortunately for us, the reaction of people trying these has been very well documented by some famous YouTubers.
Veronica Wang is one such YouTuber. Her channel has over 1.58 million subscribers so although I’ve never watched any of her other videos, it’s clear there is something very entertaining about watching her prepare and taste different foods. While many of her videos are quite successful, the one of her trying Samyang 2x Spicy Hot Ramen Noodles is by far her most watched video with over 22 million views as of the writing of this article. As a bonus, this might even be one of the best videos on how to prepare stir-fry ramen noodles! I know, you might be thinking, “rEaLly?? YoU dOn’T KnOw hOw tO mAkE nOodLeS?” You’d be surprised how bad some people are at cooking, myself included. Without further ado,
P.S. She is a very fast eater. See for yourself:
After watching that poor girl torture herself with such delicious yet extremely spicy food you might be wondering why these Samyang 2x Spicy Hot Ramen Noodles noodles are so spicy compared to all the other 8000 SHU rated foods out there. While there’s much controversy and many conspiracies around the SHU rating of these noodles, ok not that much, there’s no way to really know how or what method Samyang used to come up with the number 8000 SHU. I guess we could just reach out and ask but I’ll have to learn Korean first, since that’s where these noodles come from. I’ll update this article if that ever happens.
There are two very important things to keep in mind that have a massive impact on how hot 8000 SHU feels. First is the quantity. I mean, she literally just gulped down three entire packages of these noodles. That means 3x noodles, and most importantly, 3x the super extremely insanely hot sauce packages. If you do the math, that’s 3 times 8000 SHU, carry the 1, idk if that’s how spicy math works but we all know the more hot stuff you eat the hotter it gets. There’s just no way around that fact. The other thing to keep in mind is that more than likely, she was not eating these noodles cold. She might have let them cool down a bit before starting the challenge but I think it’s safe to assume they were at the very least lukewarm. That’s 2x the heat of the 3x the packages of some noodles that were already 2x spicier than the original 1x spicy noodles. Let’s not even talk about how you can also get Samyang 4x Spicy Hot Ramen Noodles if you’re into sadomasochism or whatever that stuff Rihanna made a song about is called. Of course it comes in ominous black packaging, why would wouldn’t it?
If want to spice up your photography you can also try Samyang Camera Lenses. There’s no details on their website about the SHU rating on these bad boys or if there’s even any relation between the companies behind these two distinct products but that’s neither here nor there. We just thought you should know about them.
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