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Can you handle the heat? 8 of Trafalgar's spiciest food experiences

Recently updated on October 4th, 2022 at 06:09 pm

Love a bit of kick to your food? If you find yourself salivating at the thought of Jalapeno peppers and Sriracha sauce, we’ve got the perfect trip for you. From spicy curries in Delhi to fiery stir-fries in Thailand and hot chilli crab in Singapore, get ready to feel the burn with Trafalgar’s spiciest food experiences. 

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1. Best of China with Yangtze Cruise

Sichuan cuisine is famed for its bold flavours and having the spiciest dishes in the world… And you’ll get to turn the heat all the way up when you learn about local cooking practices at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. Marvel at the ancient kitchenware, books, and recipes holding the history of Sichuan food culture. Learn how to crush chilli into powder using a Qing Dynasty pestle and mortar. Breathe in the aromatic scents wafting through Restaurant Alley. Your local chef will then show you how to pay tribute to the Kitchen God before attempting to create your own Sichuan feast. Learn how to balance the spicy flavours… Then tuck into your delicious creation! 

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2. Saigon and Bangkok Explorer with Phuket

If you’re looking for the world’s spiciest food, look no further than South East Asia. From street food markets to Michelin star restaurants, here you’ll find a melting pot of exquisite cuisines packed with fiery flavours. When you travel to Thailand and Vietnam with Trafalgar, we’ll dive into the cuisine with special food experiences. Join a Local Specialist in rural Thailand and learn about local fruits, vegetables and spices at a local market. Meet the vendors and munch on some snacks, then cruise down the river to your host’s home and restaurant for a cooking demonstration. Learn how the Thai herbs and spices work together to create culinary magic and try your hand at cooking your own Thai dishes… And of course, you’ll get to dig into the tasty dishes to top off the experience. 

Want more heat? You’ll have the option to join a Thai cooking class on Koh Yao Noi Island. As you sail past the beautiful limestone karsts, you’ll head to a traditional Thai house just outside the local market. Your host will show you how to cook up authentic Thai dishes, like spicy salads, curries, and stir-fries and you’ll get to enjoy the dishes afterwards in a garden with gorgeous views of the rice fields and ocean. 

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3. Thailand and the Temples of Angkor

Thai food may be spicy, but Khmer food gives it a run for its money! When you visit Cambodia with Trafalgar, you’ll have the option to join a Khmer cooking class in Siem Reap. Your local chef will take you for a walk through the local market to learn about the tasty fruits, vegetables, spices, cooking practices, and food superstitions. You’ll then head to the restaurant where your chef will teach you the secrets of Khmer cuisine as you whip up some traditional dishes, with plenty of spice. Once you’re done, you’ll tuck into your delicious dishes and leave feeling very satisfied.  

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4. Uncover India: Delhi to Kerala

When you think of Indian cuisine, you think of spice, glorious spice. There are few better places than India to tantalise your tastebuds and when you travel with Trafalgar, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to turn up the heat with the spiciest food. In Jaipur, you’ll join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in their home, where you can taste the local spices and delicacies. In Delhi, you’ll follow your nose through the Paharganj Bazaar and then dig into authentic dishes at a local restaurant. You’ll also get to learn about the different cuisines across India at the Dilli Haat INA, an open-air food and craft bazaar with food stalls and tasty snacks from each state in India. 

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hanging red chillies New Mexico

5. The Magnificent Southwest End Tucson

New Mexico is famed for its eyewateringly hot chilli peppers, first grown by Pueblo and Hispano communities across the state. So it makes sense that you’ll find some of the world’s spiciest food here. We’ll take you to Las Cruces, set on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, where you’ll learn about the incredible production of the iconic spicy chilli. Later in the evening, you’ll have dinner at a local restaurant, where you can continue your culinary adventures with New Mexico’s spiciest dishes.

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6. Singapore Explorer

When the national dish is Chili Crab, you know you’re going to put your spice tolerance to the test in Singapore! The city-state is renowned all over the world for its multi-cultural culinary delights and the spiciest food… And we’ll take you to all the best places to sample everything from Chinese and Malay to Indian and Peranakan cuisine. We’ll also head to the Geylang Serai market at the heart of the Malay community where you can try local favourites and wash it all down with warm a glass of teh tarik. From curries and laksas to roasted meats and fragrant fried rice, Singapore is a true oasis for any spice lovers.

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7. Land of the Incas with Peruvian Amazon

The Sacred Valley in Peru is the home of the mystical Machu Picchu, with its ancient temples, palaces, and terraces. But it’s also famed for its ceviche. This iconic Peruvian dish is made with fresh fish and other seafood marinated in chilli, coriander, lime juice, onion, and other herbs and spices. It’s a light, refreshing meal that’s bursting with flavour and you’ll get to learn how to make authentic ceviche with your local hosts in the Sacred Valley. After sampling the tasty ceviche, you’ll also learn how to pour the perfect Pisco sour – a match made in foodie heaven.

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8. African Safari Adventure with Zanzibar Island Escape

If you love spice, you’ve got to visit the Spice Island! As a former trading hub, Zanzibar is packed with history and spice farms. We’ll take you on a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Stone Town with a Local Specialist, where you can marvel at the gorgeous architecture and the moving history of this Swahili coastal town. We’ll then visit a shamba (spice farm) with a local guide where you can taste and smell the incredible fruits, herbs, and spices like turmeric, chilli, black pepper, nutmeg, clove, cardamom, and cinnamon. You’ll also find out how these treasured spices have been cultivated for centuries and used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Then taste it all for yourself as you indugle in delicious Swahili food by the seaside. 

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What are the spiciest meals you’ve ever eaten? Let us know in the comments below!

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