Just the other day, my family and I went to a 삼겹살, (pronounced: sam-gyop-sal) restaurant, or barbecue house, and there is a particular meat that is served there, sam-gyop-sal, is really good!
However, this time as we began to eat, I eagerly bit into a favorite side-dish of mine. A spicy green pepper, called a gochu pepper, dipped into a pepper sauce, which is also made out of peppers. Most of the time, the pepper itself is not really that spicy and the spice only lasts for a little bit. This time though I was in for a BIG surprise. I bit about half of the pepper off and immediately, I had the most intense burning, throat-searing feeling that I have ever felt in my mouth. This was a very, very, very spicy pepper. It felt like my mouth was going to just explode! I felt so ridiculous. For people who know peppers, you know that drinking milk is the best way to get rid of the heat of a pepper. No Korean restaurants ever have milk though! So, I just struggled through the heat and burning. That terrible, hot feeling lasted for another fifteen minutes!
I can’t believe that other peppers are even spicier! So, since then, I haven’t tried any of the peppers and have been a little traumatized by that experience. Now, when I get up the courage to try another pepper like that, I will just be a little bit more cautious. And always have some milk close by.