Joyce C. Payne (程玫維), originally from Taiwan but now living with her American husband in Pennsylvania said she likes it if it’s “good and spicy,” but doesn’t like the beans that much because of “the gas thing.”
She added that chili isn’t a great accompaniment to staple foods such as rice and noodles
Although she likes it, Huang Xiao-shan (黃小珊) from Taipei said she is also “not a big fan of the beans,” adding that it reminded her of instant noodles.
“It’s an easy comfort food,” Huang said.
“You never make a single serving,” like noodles, said Ecker, who also describes the spicy dish as a comfort food.
“You make a large pot and you eat it for days and days until it’s gone ... then you make some more,” he said.
For Ecker, the contest is a great way for people to show off their chili-making talents as well as hang out with friends, make new friends, and taste all the other chilies.
“It’s a social event,” he said.