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    Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror alert


    A pot of burning chillies sparked fears of a chemical terror attack on a busy London shopping street, it emerged today.

    Police closed off three roads and evacuated homes in central London as a cloud of noxious smoke filled the air.

    But the source turned out to be some fiery food left cooking on a restaurant stove by chef Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon.

    Chef Chalemchai Tangjariyapoon with a bowl of fiery chilli-filled Nam Prik Pao

    Firefighters wearing protective breathing apparatus were called to D'Arblay Street, Soho on Monday evening as members of the public were shepherded away.

    The specialist crews then broke down the door of the Thai Cottage restaurant. They emerged around 7pm with a 9lb pot of chillies.

    Staff at the restaurant said they were surprised by the reaction of the emergency services.

    Mr Tangjariyapoon explained: "I was making a spicy dip with extra-hot chillies that are deliberately burnt.

    "To us it smells like burnt chilli and it is slightly unusual.

    "I can understand why people who weren't Thai would not know what it was. But it doesn't smell like chemicals. I'm a bit confused."

    He was preparing Nam Prik Pao, a red-hot Thai dip served with prawn crackers.

    The dip is prepared with garlic, shrimp paste, dried shrimp and vegetable oil.

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The street was closed off for three hours while we were trying to discover the source of the odour."

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    That is really an amazing story - amazing Thailand in England!

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Well, this sounds like a warning for my creative cooking. A few Thai dishes or more, while being cooked, can get your neighbours sneeze alot. lol

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    This story later made many of the UK papers as well as the Thai English lang. ones. I trust Chef Chalemchai sent a nice bowl-full around to Scotland Yard for them to taste!
    Last edited by Khun Don; 04-10-07 at 09:09 PM. Reason: grammar correction

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Here's the story on the BBC's website:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7025782.stm

    The funny thing is that the chilli photograph used to illustrate the story doesn't appear to be of Thai origin. Can anyone identify the type of Chilli?

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Looks like those chillies in India where they are claimed as hottest chillies in the world now. (I think they look like chillies having been watered too much too lol)

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    mmmm..... Nam Prik Pao, now I'm hungry

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Gotta love this story. When my wife is cooking she fries the chilis and garlic a millisecond before throwing the rest in the pot, and we often get coughing / sneezing fits (I run out on the balcony).

    I wonder if the Thai military has ever done chemical weapons experiments with chilis to create a chili pepper spray. Is that what pepper spray is made from

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    Is that what pepper spray is made from
    If "Wikipedia" is to be believed -yes
    Last edited by Khun Don; 19-10-07 at 02:11 AM. Reason: spelling correction

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    Re: Pot of burning chillies in Thai restaurant sparks full-scale chemical terror ale

    Yes, the active ingriedient in pepper spray is Capsaicin which comes from the fruit of plants in the genus Capsicum. These include chillies.

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