This I week I return to the Shaved Duck
, which recast its entire menu at the beginning of the year.
Jalapeños are for amateurs. Habaneros are so five years ago. The current It girl among the chile cognoscenti is the bhut jolokia (also known as the naga jolokia), a ferocious capsaicin bomb from northeast India. How hot is the bhut jolokia? Chile heat is measured in Scoville units. A jalapeño can rate as high as 8,000 Scoville units, a cayenne pepper between 30,000 and 50,000, the fearsome habanero as many as 350,000.
The bhut jolokia has clocked in as high as 1,041,427 Scoville units.
Check back tomorrow to see what I think.