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Spicy Chili Smell Leads to Evacuation
AP-Breitbart ^ | 10-3-07 | RAPHAEL G. SATTER

Posted on 10/03/2007 11:55:29 AM PDT by Dysart

LONDON (AP) - Super spicy chili sauce being cooked at a London Thai restaurant sparked road closures and evacuations after passers-by complained that the smell was burning their throats, police said Wednesday.

London Fire Brigade's chemical response team was called after reports that a strong smell was wafting from the restaurant in the heart of London's Soho district Monday afternoon, a Metropolitan police spokesman said, speaking anonymously in line with force policy.

Authorities sealed off several premises and closed roads. The Times of London described shoppers coughing and spluttering as firefighters wearing special breathing masks sought the source of the smell.

The paper said firefighters smashed down the door of the Thai Cottage restaurant and seized extra-hot bird's eye chilies which had been left dry-frying. It said they were being prepared as part of a batch of Nam Prik Pao, a spicy Thai dip.

"The smoke didn't go up into the sky because of the rain and the heavy air," The Times quoted Thai Cottage owner Sue Wasboonma as saying. "It's the hottest thing we make."

The police spokesman said no arrests were made in the case.

"As far as I'm aware it's not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili," he said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: chile; chili; evacuation

1 posted on 10/03/2007 11:55:37 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Spicy chili leads to evacuation. That’s right.


2 posted on 10/03/2007 11:57:33 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
Perfect post for lunchtime.

It's making my mouth water.

3 posted on 10/03/2007 11:57:58 AM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: Dysart

Usually not the ingredient in chili which causes an evacuation.


4 posted on 10/03/2007 11:59:19 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Dysart

4-alarm chili. For real.


5 posted on 10/03/2007 11:59:33 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Dysart
"As far as I'm aware it's not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili," he said.

Not yet anyway. Smoking in public used to be legal too.

6 posted on 10/03/2007 12:01:55 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: Dysart

Mongo’s had enough beans.


7 posted on 10/03/2007 12:02:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Dysart
If you've tasted British food, then you might suspect that it wouldn't take a very hot chili to make eyes water over there.

But it still sounds like it would be tasty.

8 posted on 10/03/2007 12:04:48 PM PDT by thulldud (This tagline has been forgone)
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To: Dysart

Oh, this was BEFORE the chili was eaten!

Seems like they’d have to evactuate AFTER people ate that spicy stuff, LOL!

Like my spice-loving husband always says after a really spicy meal—burns going in, burns coming out—ouch!! ;-)


9 posted on 10/03/2007 12:18:43 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! WIN, FRED, WIN!!!)
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To: Dysart

It’s the re-frieds that cause evacuations at my house ... even the dog asks to be let out ...


10 posted on 10/03/2007 12:19:47 PM PDT by clamper1797 ("Democrat" 'one who panders to the crude, idiotic, and mindless whims of the masses.')
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To: Dysart

I bet their sales go through the roof.


11 posted on 10/03/2007 12:21:45 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Dysart

4 tablespoon oil
3 tablespoon chopped garlic
3 tablespoon chopped shallots
3 tablespoon coarsely chopped dried red chiles
1 tablespoon fermented shrimp paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 teaspoons of sugar
heat the oil: add the garlic and shallots and fry briefly, remove from
the oil and set aside. Add the chilies and fry until they start to
change colour, then remove them and set them aside.

In a mortar and pestle pound the shrimp paste, add the chiles, garlic
and shallots, blending each in before adding the next. Then over low
heat return all the ingredients to the oil, and fold into a uniform
paste.

The resulting thick, slightly oily red/black sauce will keep almost
indefinitely. If you wish you can add more fish sauce and/or sugar to
get the flavour you want.


12 posted on 10/03/2007 12:23:17 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: Dysart

A good source of chile in Albuquerque, NM
13 posted on 10/03/2007 12:36:05 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Dysart

This is how I keep my kids out of the kitchen.


14 posted on 10/03/2007 12:38:28 PM PDT by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: Fiji Hill

Do you know what street that rest is on by chance?


15 posted on 10/03/2007 12:43:23 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

from Colorado Springs....

7: Merge onto I-25 S (Crossing into NEW MEXICO). 375.9 miles Map

8: Merge onto I-40 W via EXIT 226AB toward GALLUP. 2.2 miles Map

9: Take the RIO GRANDE BLVD. exit- EXIT 157A. 0.2 miles Map

10: Turn LEFT onto RIO GRANDE BLVD NW / NM-194 S. 0.6 miles Map

11: Turn LEFT onto S PLAZA ST NW. 0.1 miles Map

12: Turn LEFT onto SAN FELIPE ST NW. <0.1 miles Map

13: End at La Placita Dining Rooms:
208 San Felipe St Nw, Albuquerque, NM 87104, US Map

Total Est. Time: 5 hours, 27 minutes Total Est. Distance: 382.13 miles


16 posted on 10/03/2007 12:47:31 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: SGCOS

Thanks!


17 posted on 10/03/2007 12:50:31 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
now that must be the real Hell's Kitchen

18 posted on 10/03/2007 12:50:41 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I am for traditional moral values, a strong national defense, and free markets.)
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To: thulldud

This was the cooking of Thai food. I love Thai food and can eat the hottest of it with no problem, but I had this very thing happen to me when I lived in Thailand. My cook threw some pepper concoction into hot oil (I think) and the irritating, cough producing gas was all over the house. I didn’t have to evacuate, but I might have if it had gotten any worse.

And yes, I did eat the resulting meal and it was good!


19 posted on 10/03/2007 12:54:56 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: SGCOS
The resulting thick, slightly oily red/black sauce will keep almost indefinitely.

I bet!

Sounds like a bacterium wouldn't have a chance in there.

20 posted on 10/03/2007 12:57:06 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Dysart
The paper said firefighters smashed down the door of the Thai Cottage restaurant and seized extra-hot bird's eye chilies which had been left dry-frying.

They are polite, being British I suppose. The actual name of the chili is prick kee nu or rat sh!t chili. It is named after what it most resembles.

21 posted on 10/03/2007 1:01:40 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Dysart

La Placita is at 206 1/2 San Felipe St. NW in Old Town Albuquerque. The building dates from the eighteenth century.


22 posted on 10/03/2007 1:22:06 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SGCOS

If you’re headed toward Albuquerque from Colorado Springs, you’ll pass through Las Vegas, NM, which is said to have a number of good Mexican restaurants.


23 posted on 10/03/2007 1:28:32 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: thulldud
If you've tasted British food, then you might suspect that it wouldn't take a very hot chili to make eyes water over there.

Oh dear, here we go again...stereotypes having a busy day...

24 posted on 10/04/2007 12:46:32 AM PDT by Winniesboy (Caution: Occam's razor carelessly applied can cut your own throat.)
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To: Winniesboy
Stereotypes are the stuff from which cheap shots are made. (And I never pass up a cheap shot.)

But if you're ever in my town, look me up and we'll go to a good Thai restaurant.

25 posted on 10/04/2007 6:39:59 AM PDT by thulldud
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