Day 215: Try African chili sauce

April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted about food, so it’s about time I had a chance to try something new.

Over Spring Break, Stephanie’s friend Laura traveled to Malawi with a group of other Northwestern students where she did observations in hospitals to help solve maternal mortality. While there she picked up the bottle in the picture above: Nali – “Africa’s Hottest Peri-Peri Sauce.”

The label explains the story behind the sauce:

In the heart of Central Africa, on the shores of Lake Malawi, grows a rare treasure, Birds-eye Chilli. This world famous chilli is the main ingredient of Nali, ‘Africa’s hottest Peri-Peri sauce’. Mr. Nali-lo Khoromana, a prominent Malawian businessman, first discovered Birds-eye chilli over twenty-five years ago. With this sought after chilli and a very special recipe, he made a unique sauce, a sauce that has attained cult status with chilli-lovers throughout the world. The Khoromana family has nurtured and developed this sauce, bringing it into the 21st century, and bringing you a true African treasure.

And the label wasn’t lying – I was on fire. I drenched a tortilla chip and took a bite. Within about 30 seconds, what started as a slow burn came to consume my entire face. I started to sweat in strange places, such as under my eyes and in my knee-pits. It took about three bottles of water and an overflowing glass of milk to even begin the cooling process. I expected nothing less from an African hot sauce.

And so began an evening of indigestion. Helloooooooooooo Tums.




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