A WRITER has said he went partially deaf for two days after eating a pack of spicy instant noodles.
Reemul Balla, from London, said the Samyang Korean Spicy Noodles, bought on Amazon, left him feeling like he had "lava trickling into his stomach".
Balla said he wanted to try the noodles after watching competitive eater and YouTuber Matt Stonie eat 15 packs as part of an eating challenge.
Writing in MyLondon, he said he bought two packs, which each contain a block of noodles, some sesame seeds and seaweed, and a sachet of thick black chilli sauce.
Balla comes from a Mauritian family, and said he was introduced to spicy food from an early age, but described his first mouthful of noodles as like being hit by an "inferno".
"My teeth felt numb and my throat closed up as the lava trickled down into my stomach," he wrote.
"Not wanting to relinquish at my first forkful, I had another and another, trying to contain the pain.
"Eventually, after eating half a bowl I gave up, feeling disappointed in myself."
An image of the noodles posted to social media was captioned: "Hottest soup of my life".
Balla said the meal left his body numb and his insides and face feeling hot, but that the noodles had been tasty.
But the following day he noticed a sharp pain in his left ear whenever he touched it that got worse as the day progressed.
He said he felt like he'd developed an infection in his ear, and that his jaw ached and his hearing became worse on that side.
"Over the weekend I still couldn’t hear well out of my left ear and some ringing had started," he wrote.
After searching online, he found one vlogger who had suffered similar symptoms after eating a pack of spicy noodles from Indonesia.
Fortunately for Balla, both the pain and deafness eased within three days of the meal.
"I definitely know my limit now," he said.
"If you wish to try these noodles of death, you can find them online, but do so at your peril."
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