I've done some research, looking up different Middle Eastern dishes and whatnot, but I haven't been able to find quite the right bit of information that I need. Basically, a character of mine wants to buy a small, Middle Eastern appetizer, preferably something very flavorful, spicy, or with an otherwise.. interesting taste. The man who is selling it jokes with my MC that he probably wouldn't be able to handle it.
What sort of food would work well for this situation? Personal experience stories are very much welcomed. I'm looking for anything very spicy, as I mentioned, or something with a taste that the average American tongue wouldn't be used to or handle very well. Would Muhammara (a spicy red pepper dip for veggies) work?