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  • Mike Chen: This may just be

  • the most wonderful thing

  • I have ever, ever put in my mouth,

  • and I say that....

  • Oh!

  • Ooh. Oh, that was a good memory.

  • Herrine: Hi, Mike, thanks for getting on Skype with me.

  • How are you?

  • Mike: Um, trying to keep sane, you know,

  • just like everybody else in the world.

  • Herrine: I know you don't know much

  • about what we're doing today,

  • so, I'm gonna tell you now.

  • Mike: OK. Herrine: I watched

  • all of your videos.

  • I...[laughs]

  • Mike: Really?

  • Herrine: I compiled a sequence of clips for you to watch,

  • and I was hoping you could provide us some backstory

  • and some fun tidbits.

  • Mike: OK, yeah, let's do it.

  • I'm excited to watch myself.

  • No way. No way!

  • Oh, I look so young. It's, like, three years ago.

  • Man, this was my first Wagyu beef experience in Japan.

  • Holy cow. [laughs] Holy cow is right.

  • I didn't know what a ryokan was.

  • And it's grilled right in front of me.

  • And you don't know Wagyu is expensive,

  • so when you go to a ryokan in Japan,

  • you're allowed to accept their dining option, which we did.

  • Piece of meat.

  • I'm just gonna put a little salt on here.

  • One night was $1,000,

  • and they provided a dinner

  • that had included Wagyu, Kobe Wagyu.

  • And this was it.

  • Rarely am I ever too surprised by food,

  • but I feel like somebody pelted me over the head

  • with a beef bat, and then later I ate that beef bat,

  • and I was never the same again.

  • I got my first bite of Wagyu beef.

  • You know what's going through my mind right now?

  • I'm like, all the times I've ever said,

  • "Melt in your mouth."

  • "This steak melted in my mouth."

  • Before this, like, I was thinking about all those instances.

  • It was just complete lie until this moment.

  • This was my steak-reckoning moment.

  • This was the moment I realized that God exists,

  • the food gods exist, and they live in Japan.

  • The outside feels like beef.

  • Then, when you chew it, I swear it was butter.

  • Like, literally catching the first snowflake of winter,

  • except for it tastes like beef.

  • Herrine: Is it still one of the best things

  • you've ever eaten?

  • The best steak you've ever eaten?

  • Mike: People always ask me,

  • what's the best thing I've ever had in my life?

  • And if I had to narrow it down,

  • what are the most incredible food experience,

  • I would always pinpoint to the first time I put that Wagyu,

  • A5 Wagyu in my mouth.

  • I'm pretty sure this curry is melting the spoon here.

  • I'm just eating, like, a whole mouthful of....

  • Yep. Oh, this was not a good day.

  • This was not a good week.

  • When you see a chef cooking your food with a gas mask,

  • you should not eat said food.

  • Ah, even watching it, oh, what have I done?

  • I look so young. Is this why I aged,

  • because of this one meal?

  • Oh, man, that was a bad bite.

  • The owner - that's the owner sitting behind me -

  • he's laughing.

  • [evil laughter]

  • Did you know I drank the entire restaurant's mango lassi?

  • They ran out of mango lassi 'cause I drank it all.

  • And that sneeze hurt me

  • because I think some of it came out my nose.

  • [Herrine gasps]

  • That's it.

  • Thank you, sir.

  • There we go.

  • Oh, my God, this is definitely

  • the spiciest curry in the world.

  • I'm gonna hang this up because this was not easy.

  • This was not without pain.

  • It was not without tears and sweat and a lot of more pain.

  • Man, I worked hard for this.

  • Herrine: Was it spicier than you thought going in?

  • Mike: It was definitely spicier than I thought.

  • So, when I ate it, like, I don't know,

  • five, six years ago before this,

  • it wasn't all that spicy to me. I just had it for dinner.

  • I went in for dinner, and I ate it.

  • It wasn't even a challenge to me.

  • But this time I go in,

  • and they started using Carolina Reapers.

  • That's a whole different ballgame.

  • There's a whole aftermath to what happened here.

  • And I walk out,

  • and I'm feeling all right for having finished the challenge,

  • then after I take five steps, all of a sudden,

  • like, it was like rocket-fuel-propelled vomit.

  • Projectile vomiting. Literal Godzilla.

  • Like this, I was like,

  • [roars]

  • Out comes, like, just bright red,

  • like, flame-colored substance

  • that's just spraying all over everyone's lawn.

  • Finally I was well enough to drive home

  • and then basically crawl to the bathroom

  • for the entire day.

  • And, literally, like, I was just like, I googled -

  • I googled this.

  • I googled, "Can someone die from eating spicy food?"

  • 'Cause I thought I was dying.

  • They called me back.

  • He called me back, like, three days afterwards, he's like,

  • "Hey, the Travel Channel is here. They're wondering

  • if you wanna do that spicy challenge again."

  • I'm like, "No!"

  • Hell no.

  • Never again.

  • Herrine: I tried. I tried it. [laughs]

  • Mike: Yeah, I know you tried it.

  • I know you couldn't finish that. I know you.

  • There's no way you could have finished that.

  • Herrine: I think I took, like, two bites, and I was done.

  • Mike: Because there's, like, such a big bowl in front of me.

  • Holy crap, how come that looks bigger now?

  • Did that grow?

  • No.

  • Oh, that was a good day.

  • I finished that baby.

  • Yeah, I did.

  • That was not even hard.

  • I finished it in, like, half an hour.

  • I'm a little intimidated by this.

  • Herrine: Are you kidding me?

  • Mike: I enjoyed that challenge.

  • It wasn't even really a challenge to me.

  • It was, like, 4 pounds of noodles and meat.

  • So the bark is a lot worse than the bite.

  • And I was the first winner of this challenge.

  • It was good.

  • I never felt so good,

  • because I feel like my body

  • can eat an unlimited amount of pho.

  • I can do it.

  • [audience applauds]

  • Herrine: So, like, for a challenge video,

  • how do you prepare yourself?

  • Mike: I don't. I didn't.

  • I'm not a professional food eater.

  • I'm sure they prepare. I don't prepare.

  • I just, I'm hungry,

  • so I just go in and try to eat it.

  • I mean, afterwards, I need a lot of alone time,

  • but.

  • It got hard when I found a lot of beef tendon

  • and meatballs in the bottom.

  • Where are they coming from?

  • And those are really, really heavy stuff and dense stuff.

  • So when I found a lot of these things,

  • I was like, "Oh, my God, I didn't know

  • there's all these things sunk into the bottom."

  • That's when it started getting a little rough.

  • But at the same time, like, 30 minutes after eating that

  • I had ice cream.

  • This will be by far the best ramen plate

  • I've ever had in my life.

  • There's the documentary,

  • and there's the man himself.

  • Oh, I like that shirt.