Cooking chillies = Terrorist bomb?


What kind of world do we live in that smoke from frying chillies sparks off suspicion of a terror attack? Wonder what these Londoners would do near dinner time in one of our HDB flats? For me, every time I smell the sambal (chilli paste) my neighbour is cooking I just get hungry 😛


Burning chilli sparks terror fear

A pot of burning chilli sparked fears of a biological terror attack in central London. Firefighters wearing protective breathing apparatus were called to D’Arblay Street, Soho, after reports of noxious smoke filling the air.

Police closed off three roads and evacuated homes following the alert.

Specialist crews broke down the door to the Thai Cottage restaurant at 1900 BST on Monday where they discovered the source – a 9lb pot of chillies.

The restaurant had been preparing Nam Prik Pao, a red-hot Thai dip which uses extra-hot chillies which are deliberately burnt.



Nam Prik Pao recipe

Heat garlic and shallots in oil and remove to a bowl

Place red chillies in the pan with some oil and fry until they go dark in colour. Then set aside

Mix shrimp paste with the rest of the ingredients and pound in a mortar and pestle

Return the mixture to the heat until it becomes a thick dark coloured paste




But the smell prompted several members of the public to call the emergency services.

Alpaslan Duven, a Turkish journalist based in the restaurant’s building, said: “I was sitting in the office when me and my chief start coughing and I said this was something really dodgy.

“I looked out of the window and saw people rushing and then we heard the sirens.”

Supranee Yodmuang, the restaurant supervisor, was above the restaurant when she received a phone call from her boss.

“It was about 4pm when I saw the police who were closing off the roads but I didn’t know why.

“My boss rang me and said I had to get out of the building because of a chemical attack.”

She added: “Because we’re Thai, we’re used to the smell of chillies.”

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

Published: 2007/10/03 12:54:12 GMT


Happy Birthday, Junior!!

It’s his 11th birthday and to think when I first met him in 1997, he was a little 1 year old pup. Well, thanks to Junior, I changed my mind about little dogs before that my idea of a dog was a Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepard, Cocker Spaniels … hell, even a Rottweiler … in all honesty, I love strays … there’s something about them that make them quirky and that suits my style a lot more. Any mutt that was larger than a cat was what I reckon as a ‘dog’ and anything smaller, was an oversized rodent to me. So this post is dedicated to Junior, a Maltese that taught me that dogs in small packages are just as great and there’s no judging anyone just by the way they look 🙂

I had the pleasure to get to know him when he was living in Singapore. He has since moved to Melbourne and has been living there for about 4 years now so some days I wonder if he still remembers me.

Till life finds me in Melbourne, here’s a cyber-hug for you, Junior. Hope you feel my wishes for the day!!! Have a good one, mate!!!