Eating The Worlds Most Dangerous Vindaloo

After nearly a month traveling around Bolivia, I cannot tell you how relieved I was to be in La Paz with more options of food than the usual chicken and rice that seemed so prevalent throughout the country. The Star of India restaurant was recommended by a few hostel mates, listed in Lonely Planet, and popular for the worlds most dangerous Vindaloo.

The restaurant smelled delicious and its Indian flavored theme was very elegantly styled. It´s titled ¨British Indian Curry¨at the door. The table is candle lit and the service started phenomenally well. Most meals are priced 30 to 40 Bolivian. Reading the menu I see one curry that really sticks out called the Chicken Vindaloo. The long description provided warnings for this meal. With over 35 chili peppers and a serving to feed a family, it was a big food challenge. The prize is a free tshirt and pride of finishing one of the worlds most dangerous Vindaloo’s.

Eating The Worlds Most Dangerous Vindaloo

Feeling sick…

Knowing how spicy it’s going to be, I decided to have it with a milkshake and a bowl of rice to make the curry more edible. The bowl is about the size of the palm of my hand and as deep as my pinky finger. With a mix of rice, I go for my first bite. Flavor kicks in first and it’s quite good. Next the spice hits and surely its burning my mouth. Luckily I had the milkshake which made things much easier for me. A few bites in and my face gets a tingling sensation. My heart starts racing and I feel like I could be on speed. I could possibly run a marathon, although it would be a painful run. My legs are jumping up and down. The spicy taste gets worse for awhile and I’m already done with my milkshake and rice so I ordered a second round of both.

I started to get use to the spice and now I’ve moved on to new problems, I’m full and I have about 25% left to go and I’m feeling sick. The people at  tables around me all think I’m crazy and its already been an hour since we got there. I had to take a break and walk in circles to relax. My stomach is killing me and my body is telling me no more. I continue to take bites but every 10 minutes this time. I’m not sure how much more I could take of this. Every bite gets harder and harder to swallow. I can’t recall ever feeling like this over a meal.

The last 10% of my meal is left and I’m feeling closer to vomiting but somehow, I continued to push myself. I have a total of four bites left; which I must have been looking at  for a good 30 minutes. It seemed impossible and I nearly gave up but with only four bites left and 3 hours later, I couldn’t stop. I had to step outside for air every now and then. After about 3 hours with this meal, I had finally taken my last bite and declared victory. I could hardly walk at this point and I´m fully expecting many painful restroom visits.

Took a few videos and victory pictures. I couldn’t eat for the rest of the day. It took about a week to recover from this food challenge. I won’t go into details what I was recovering from. A t-shirt that says “I survived the world’s most dangerous Vindaloo” and having the privilege to write this article was my prize.

Watch Me Suffer


The quality isn’t the greatest because of the computer I was editing it with.

29 Comments

  1. jeffjung on July 24, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I hate to say that I enjoyed seeing you suffer, but it really had great entertainment quality. Congrats on finishing the vindaloo.

  2. jeffjung on July 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I hate to say that I enjoyed seeing you suffer, but it really had great entertainment quality. Congrats on finishing the vindaloo.

  3. Steph on July 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

    You could get a gig as the Man versus Food guy.

    And kudos to Teresa for the brilliant “that’s what she said”

    • goteresago on July 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      I couldn’t help it! haha

  4. Steph on July 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    You could get a gig as the Man versus Food guy.

    And kudos to Teresa for the brilliant “that’s what she said”

  5. Isabelle & Melvin on July 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Nice one & tough job being a travel blogger, right? What we all do for writing a post… lol
    I just hope that you don’t upload the video from the suffering from the following days afterwards. lol
    travel on
    Melvin
    (traveldudes.org)

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

      It’s been a few months and I don’t think the curry has fully left my body yet.

  6. Isabelle & Melvin on July 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Nice one & tough job being a travel blogger, right? What we all do for writing a post… lol
    I just hope that you don’t upload the video from the suffering from the following days afterwards. lol
    travel on
    Melvin
    (traveldudes.org)

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 11:11 am

      It’s been a few months and I don’t think the curry has fully left my body yet.

  7. Keith Savage on July 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hilarious video, but why Michael? Why?? Was it worth that shirt? My god man, I know exactly what you went through after you completed the challenge, and it rivals the darkest pits of despair known to mankind.

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

      I still have nightmares. I had a big head that day thinking it was going to be no big deal.

  8. Keith Savage on July 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Hilarious video, but why Michael? Why?? Was it worth that shirt? My god man, I know exactly what you went through after you completed the challenge, and it rivals the darkest pits of despair known to mankind.

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

      I still have nightmares. I had a big head that day thinking it was going to be no big deal.

  9. ChinaMatt on July 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Sounds painful, but I’d probably give it a try. I know the pain of the day after eating extra-spicy food…I never learned my lesson that Hunanese wild mountain pepper beef was meant to be shared (I’ve eaten the whole plate a few times).

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      The next closest thing I had to this type of spicy was in Chengdu, China for the hotpots. Not fun that day either!

  10. ChinaMatt on July 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Sounds painful, but I’d probably give it a try. I know the pain of the day after eating extra-spicy food…I never learned my lesson that Hunanese wild mountain pepper beef was meant to be shared (I’ve eaten the whole plate a few times).

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      The next closest thing I had to this type of spicy was in Chengdu, China for the hotpots. Not fun that day either!

  11. Audrey on July 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

    We talked to the owner of the Star of India in November last year and he said he was thinking of taking the vindaloo off the menu since so many people were getting the t-shirt. He didn’t care about the price of the t-shirt, but was worried that the vindaloo might cause health problems eating something so hot in one setting at 3,500 meters. I guess it’s still on the menu though…

    As for me, I ordered the lunch menu portion of the vegetarian vindaloo and the waiter informed me that this portion was not eligible for the t-shirt. That was fine with me – I just wanted something spicy after months of regular Bolivian food. I ended up taking most of my vindaloo home with us and bought a liter of plain yogurt. The cool, calming effect of the yogurt did wonders when we ate it for dinner.

    Don’t envy what your stomach went through after that…

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      I was talking to another traveler that had said the same thing. The owner has been considering taking it off the menu due to health concerns and that the owner himself doesn’t recommend anyone actually attempting it either.

      I should have went for the vegetarian option of the vindaloo challenge instead of chicken. It may have been easier to eat and not as filling.

      Crazy stuff…

  12. Audrey on July 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    We talked to the owner of the Star of India in November last year and he said he was thinking of taking the vindaloo off the menu since so many people were getting the t-shirt. He didn’t care about the price of the t-shirt, but was worried that the vindaloo might cause health problems eating something so hot in one setting at 3,500 meters. I guess it’s still on the menu though…

    As for me, I ordered the lunch menu portion of the vegetarian vindaloo and the waiter informed me that this portion was not eligible for the t-shirt. That was fine with me – I just wanted something spicy after months of regular Bolivian food. I ended up taking most of my vindaloo home with us and bought a liter of plain yogurt. The cool, calming effect of the yogurt did wonders when we ate it for dinner.

    Don’t envy what your stomach went through after that…

    • Michael on July 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

      I was talking to another traveler that had said the same thing. The owner has been considering taking it off the menu due to health concerns and that the owner himself doesn’t recommend anyone actually attempting it either.

      I should have went for the vegetarian option of the vindaloo challenge instead of chicken. It may have been easier to eat and not as filling.

      Crazy stuff…

  13. Adventurous Kate on July 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    SCHAAAAAAAADENFREUDE

    is why I enjoyed that video immensely. Muhahahahahaha.

  14. Adventurous Kate on July 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    SCHAAAAAAAADENFREUDE

    is why I enjoyed that video immensely. Muhahahahahaha.

  15. Dina VagabondQuest on July 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

    OMG, this is hilarious!!! Congratulation, Mike! Now you have to make sure never lost the t-shirt.
    I can’t imagine your suffering the whole week after that, maybe you will write a post about that? haha :p

  16. Dina VagabondQuest on July 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

    OMG, this is hilarious!!! Congratulation, Mike! Now you have to make sure never lost the t-shirt.
    I can’t imagine your suffering the whole week after that, maybe you will write a post about that? haha :p

  17. Lauren McLeod on July 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh my, I could feel your pain in that video! The t-shirt was definitely worth it 🙂

  18. Lauren McLeod on July 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Oh my, I could feel your pain in that video! The t-shirt was definitely worth it 🙂

  19. Leigh Howard on October 30, 2017 at 12:19 am

    In 2012 I Did the same thing as you, as I will do anything for a free T-shirt…… It took me 40 minutes to demolish and I have never felt so sick in my life…… There were 2 other guys who both had a spoonful to go and admitted defeat.
    My biggest worry was the potential ring of fire the next day because I was doing The Death Road bike ride then….. Thank god it didn’t effect me and had a ball on the ride.

    I am very proud of my T-shirt as I bet you are too!!

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