Scorpion Xtreme Hot Sauce Review
I should have exercised more caution. Anything that comes in a brown bottle and looks like medicine may be something to be careful about. The ingredients fooled me, though: soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, raisins, garlic, and cinnamon. It almost sounds like A-1 Steak Sauce, minus the cinnamon.
What I underestimated in Scorpion Xtreme Hot Sauce was the potency of an ingredient I left out — chili extract. We’re not talking about chili peppers here.
We’re talking about the core of the chili pepper itself — the capsicum. This is the heat factor for this sauce, and trust me when I say, don’t make the mistake I did. I poured a taste-test size drop on my finger and did exactly that; I tasted the sauce.
The first two seconds nothing happened. I was treated in that brief instant to the taste of the ingredients, with not one of them overpowering the other. Before I could further analyze the flavor of the sauce, the heat set in. It set in fast and hard, going straight to my head. Literally, the heat only travelled up. I began to sweat, I felt a
little light headed, and my sinuses were clearer than they’ve ever been. I grabbed a piece of bread and some lime juice, and for the next several minutes I tried to get the heat out of my mouth.
Time to start over again. I knew there had to be a reason to use this sauce, other than to alleviate the pain of any toothache you might ever get. It would just take a little creative thinking.
I did find a couple of uses for Scorpion Xtreme Hot Sauce, which, by the way, could not be more aptly named. Several Chinese cuisines benefitted from this sauce. I tried two drops in a whole order of beef-fried rice. That was sufficient to infuse the fried rice with a high level of heat while adding additional flavors to the dish as well. I added two drops to Beef with Snow Peas.
When I order Chinese take-out, I like to order it hot. The girl where my wife and I order our Chinese take-out always asks, “You like three hot?” This means the hottest they have to offer, and I always answer yes. Well,
after trying Scorpion on my Chinese take-out, I no longer need to order three hot. Two drops of the Scorpion gives me five hot.
If you’re a sadomasochist, give this sauce a try by itself. You’ll find it isn’t a dipping sauce. If you like Chinese, this is quite a compliment to the food. A couple of drops in a big pot of chili work well too. One thing, though, on a serious note — keep this away from children. It could result in a trip to the emergency room.
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