On the first of the month I made the mistake of attending a dinner organized by Jessica. I roped Natisha and Mikey into attending the dinner too but they were smart enough to not accept The Phaal Challenge. As stated in the linked article, the bowl is a challenge, it tastes like cigarette ash and it's a total PITA to finish. Here's the comment I left on the blog (I know, too much information).
The dish tastes absolutely terrible which adds to the chore of eating it. It is indeed one of the spiciest dishes I've ever eaten. I thought that being half Malaysian would help me deal with it, but I was the last of my group to finish it. Five of us ordered it, all but one finished it. Uhm, anyone else get a burning sensation when doing the #1? Cuz I sure did... that spicy!

I took almost 1.5 hours to finish the bowl and I wasn't happy with myself that night and the following day. Total pain... when it comes to this dish, no one wins. Those who eat it aren't winners, those who have to observe the aftermath definitely aren't winners. No one...