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Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:21 am

I just finished watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern when he went to Chengdu China. Throughout the whole episode I kept thinking how I would not be able to eat any of that stuff because my stomach can not handle spicy foods. Do you like spicy foods? What kind of spicy foods do you eat?

PS: Does Chengdu have non spicy food? After watching that episode it looked to me as if everything in Chengdu is spicy!
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:42 am

           

I love anything spicy. Especially a very spicy chicken curry or "Bicol Express" which is a typical Filipino dish. I eat my fries and burgers with hot sauce too.

It's a cultural thing.
 
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:49 am

I love hot wings, although usually anything above 30000 SHU is a little too hot for me. I get my Mongolian BBQ with 3 spoonfuls of chili oil. My Singapore Chow Mei Fun also gets extra chili flakes.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:35 am

I like hot food but not insanely spicy. Anything more than "hot" at most curry houses and I'm miserable. I like to feel a little sweat on my forehead but anything that makes me reach for a glass of water just takes away from the taste of what I'm eating.

Some guy at work puts this Bhut Jolokia sauce in his chili and on chicken and loves it. He bet me 20 bucks I wouldn't dip a chip in it and keep it down... and I did it. I have never tasted something so hot before. It was a complete biological response to the heat. I actually felt a bit panicked at first... nauseous and light-headed. It took me a good 15 minutes to gather my composure. One girl became sick. Ridiculous.
 
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:17 am

Penang Curry with chicken! Love it!

I need some maalox or tums afterwards tho!  

Oh yeah, and there's the sushi dishes I like as well. I guess that counts considering I pile on the wasabi and ginger...

I like other spicy foods as well. Too many to list tho...
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:34 am

I love spicy food.

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Anything with wasabi.


Mexican
Just about anything with habanero or jalapeno peppers.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:17 am

Whenever I order Chinese food, I always tell the waiter I want it "traditional Chinese hot". They usually ask me if I am sure about this, I tell them yes, go ahead. I think some Chinese dishes are toned down for American tastes.

And a ham, roast beef or corned beef sandwich isn't the same without horseradish!
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:29 am

Love love love it. I don't necessarily like spending an entire meal in tears, but it's not worth it if my nose isn't running or I don't at least have a couple of bleary-eyed moments.

No coincidence that my favorite cuisines are Thai, Indian, Korean, and Mexican. Thankfully, there is plenty of spicy food in Japan as well.

I'm also one of "those" people that puts Louisiana hot sauce on everything from pasta to sandwiches.
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RE: Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:30 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):

I'm with you 'Fly!

I love hot and spicy foods, as long as the heat and/or spice does not overpower the natural flavor of the food. It should compliment it, otherwise it's just a waste of food.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:32 am

Indonesian food does it for me. Delicious: hot and spicy without nasty surprises. And outside of Indonesia, where I live, The Hague, has to have one of the highest concentrations of Indonesian restaurants.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:45 am

Nope, there is no point in me eating it. Anything too spicy will neutralise my taste buds so I can no longer taste a thing, which is pointless when I love food for the taste and flavors.


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Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:00 am

I can't stand spicy food one bit. What would be considered 'very mild' by average people will have me sweating bucket loads and needing a glass of ice cold water. Spicy food and me don't mix at all. Having said that, I do enjoy a good curry flavour, but minus the heat (easy on the chillies!)
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:09 am

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 1):


I love anything spicy. Especially a very spicy chicken curry or "Bicol Express" which is a typical Filipino dish. I eat my fries and burgers with hot sauce too.

From my experience, Filipino food (except from Bicol) is not very spicy (compared to the food from neighbouring countries like Indonesia, Malaysia or Vietnam). Many Tagalog dishes (especially Sinigang) are rather bland IMO (my fiancee, an Iligana herself, talks about Sinigang as "a pig swimming in the ocean").

She cooks a mean spicy beef with plenty of ginger and chilis though.

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Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:18 am

I love spicy food, the spicier the better. I use chillies (including the seeds) in lots of cooking, and plenty of different spices in curries.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:59 pm

Chicken Bhuna Rice is the Spiciest I've eaten.
Not considered more spicy stuff though.
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Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:11 pm

I'm a spicy guy I guess. All the Thai/Indian stuff, hot wings, I season almost everything with Cayenne when cooking, etc..The local Thai place here has the 1-5 rating and I always get 10 lol. I find it not much hotter than if it was a 5 though, not sure if they think I can't handle it or if it gets to a point of diminishing return on the heat level. I did fail in the BWW blazin challenge, though, it was my fault as I stopped to take a sip of beer after 4 wings and could not recover..
 
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RE: Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:17 pm

Quoting MDShady (Reply 15):
I did fail in the BWW blazin challenge, though, it was my fault as I stopped to take a sip of beer after 4 wings and could not recover..

I was in Connecticut recently where we went to BWW and my colleague got the blazin on 4 wings.
I literally had a piece of one of them that was no bigger than my thumbnail and I nearly choked - OMG, the burning pain!!!
I couldn't even taste my own food after that tiny piece!!!

So respect to you for even managing 4!!!
 
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RE: Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:21 pm

I absolutely love very spicy food. The Thai staff in various Thai restaurants around L.A. always look in amazement when I devour my basil chicken after ordering it the following way - "Extra Thai spicy. Think what you normally give people when they say Thai spicy, then add more"

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):

Anything with wasabi.

Wasabi isn't "hot." Its more of a nose clearing effect.

Quoting type-rated (Reply 6):
horseradish!

Similar to wasabi, only it doesn't taste that good.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:38 am

Fabulous! Just went through a month that saw me cooking curries a few times. Lamb Vindaloo for one meal, and Thai Green Chicken Curry.

Growing up in the deep-south, neither egg dishes or Bar-B-Que tasted right without a good dose of Tabasco.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:22 am

Yes. Most college food requires a good amount of this stuff:



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Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:29 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Mexican
Just about anything with habanero or jalapeno peppers.

This was my biggest complaint about what passed for Mexican food in California - it was all so freakin' bland.

Some like it hot - I am one such "some."
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:00 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):

Anything with wasabi.

Wasabi isn't "hot." Its more of a nose clearing effect.


I remember the first time I ate wasabi. I thought it was guacamole and I ate a tablespoon full of it.
It felt as though my mouth disintegrated. I was in so much pain for about 30 minutes. I ran to the restroom in tears.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 20):
This was my biggest complaint about what passed for Mexican food in California - it was all so freakin' bland.


You were in Fullerton. That's why it was so bland. Were Mexicans even allowed in Fullerton back in the 70s & early 80s?
If you want the real hot stuff, you have to go to the rough areas.


You all should try El Yucateco Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:13 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):

You were in Fullerton. That's why it was so bland. Were Mexicans even allowed in Fullerton back in the 70s & early 80s?
If you want the real hot stuff, you have to go to the rough areas.

Dude.

My office was about 200 yards from Santa Ana. Were gringos even allowed in Santa Ana (I kid...)?

I agree, whatever city or state one calls home, the better ethnic food is rarely found in the toney, upscale neighborhoods. My point was, though, that the Mexican food in California was more bland than that to which we are routinely accustomed in Texas, especially when one ventures to south Texas. Of course, many call what we get here "Tex Mex," and there are inevitable cultural deviations in the comida. But, the differences sure seem to work!

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Gotta get to Thailand some day - that stuff looks nice!

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Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:22 am

Quoting sccutler (Reply 22):
My office was about 200 yards from Santa Ana. Were gringos even allowed in Santa Ana (I kid...)?


I got it.
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Quoting sccutler (Reply 22):
I agree, whatever city or state one calls home, the better ethnic food is rarely found in the toney, upscale neighborhoods.


Very true.
Even here in Thailand, the nicer and fancier the restaurant the blander the food taste. The street vendors are the best here. That is where you find the stuff that will burn your tongue off.
I only do the fancier restaurants when I want to take a break from Thai food and eat Italian, German, Mexican, American, British, Japanese, Indian or Middle-Eastern food.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 22):
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Also, found gas receipt from 2002, also - $1.22.9/gallon. Weeping ensued.

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Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:37 pm

Too much spice can be harmfull too.So watch out on the sauces.Keep it within limits folks.
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Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:03 pm

I like to push my limits. When I first arrived in the US, I thought everything was spicy, my Korean friend would laugh at me. I've come a loooong way from there!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Japanese
Anything with wasabi.

Have you tried wasabi roasted peas?

Great snack:
http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/product/kasugai-roasted-peas-4-5-oz

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Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:25 pm

I like spicy foods but usually mild/medium. If it's too hot it will make me hiccup and I don't find food enjoyable when I'm hiccuping!

My favourite dish is chicken tikka masala

 
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:17 am

Quoting richm (Reply 26):
My favourite dish is chicken tikka masala

You and the rest of the UK! 

I love spicy food myself, although there is a limit to the spiciness I can handle. Once my tongue goes numb, my eyes water and my nose runs it's no longer a pleasurable experience! In Indian curry (or British derivation thereof) terms, a Madras or Dansak is about my limit, although I have an Anglo-Indian friend who, whenever we go for a curry, orders a Vindaloo with extra chillis!!    She also claims that her doctor has said that her "iron constitution" is due to her lifelong ingestion of all things fiery!
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:47 am

Can't live without it. I love strong flavours, and I adore chilli heat.
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RE: Do You Like Spicy Foods?

Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:10 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 14):
Chicken Bhuna Rice is the Spiciest I've eaten.
Not considered more spicy stuff though.

I've recently "discovered" Indian food and love vegetable korma. I'm a vegetarian and love it   

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Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:16 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 24):
Too much spice can be harmfull too.So watch out on the sauces.Keep it within limits folks.

What is there to fear?

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 25):
Have you tried wasabi roasted peas?

Great snack:

Oh yes. A girl I used to study calculus with turned me on to those in San Francisco.
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:46 am

Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 29):
I've recently "discovered" Indian food and love vegetable korma. I'm a vegetarian and love it

Indian food is great for vegetarians, darn tasty. I very regularly make tarka dal. It's easy, quick, cheap as anything, tastes excellent and is healthy.
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:27 am

Yup love spicy food, Indian, Mexican...whatever.

My Filipina wife does this fantastic spicy beef stew called Caldereta, absolutely love it!
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:19 am

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 11):
Spicy food and me don't mix at all.

Likewise. Just about the first word I had to learn in Indonesian was pedas (meaning hot, as in spicy) followed by a host of words to mean "not", "don't" and "no". Definitely with you and PlymSpotter. What is the point of getting yr taste buds killed by spices so you are unable to taste anything else. Added to which, it kills my gut and after that it just gets worse!

Spices were much appreciated in the before refrigerators age when most meat was at best putrid. Since refrigeration became commonplace what is the point of wrecking the flavour of other foods just to disguise the fact that the meat is rotten, when nowadays the meat is not rotten?

I do quite like growing chilies but not eating them. I grow them for my wife to eat.
 
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Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:25 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):
You all should try El Yucateco Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero.

That stuff is delicious! The good thing is that it's also pretty easy to get, with most grocery stores stocking it (at least in the cities I've lived in)...
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Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:06 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 30):

What is there to fear?

Ulcers.....Unless the Spice is limited  
Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 29):

I've recently "discovered" Indian food and love vegetable korma. I'm a vegetarian and love it

For a Veggie.....Try Masala Dosa,Vada pav, Tava Pulao, Pani puri......
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Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:21 pm

I absolutely love spicy food, particularly Thai and Indian.

If I ever eat anything simple like beans on toast, more often than not I have to put a bit of chilli sauce in it to give it a kick.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Tom yam kung

Man, I love that stuff! That photo alone makes me want to go to BKK for the weekend!
 
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Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:15 pm

Love spicy food and love food that has hot sauces or spices added in. At a very young age my dad got me started on Tabasco sauce. Put it on rice dishes, burgers, chicken and pretty much any kind of meat and pasta... Then he got me started on bigger and better things...   Thanks to my dad, I discovered taste buds I never knew I had until I burned them to a crisp!  Buffalo Wing Sauce would have to be another favorite of mine.  
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Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:19 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 36):
Man, I love that stuff! That photo alone makes me want to go to BKK for the weekend!

Come on down!   

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 35):
Ulcers.....Unless the Spice is limited

The longest I've gone eating spicy food day in and day out was in 3 weeks. Then it caught up with me.  
Quoting nwaesc (Reply 34):
That stuff is delicious! The good thing is that it's also pretty easy to get, with most grocery stores stocking it (at least in the cities I've lived in)...

When I go back to visit home, I'll make sure to grab a bottle. It has a nice tang to it as well.
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Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:25 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Sai ua

This looks good, more details please.

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 8):
I love hot and spicy foods, as long as the heat and/or spice does not overpower the natural flavor of the food. It should compliment it, otherwise it's just a waste of food.

+ 1

The problem is I live in a country where people still distrust garlic, anything hotter than a chilli con carne sends them into a panic, even in an Indian resturant a vindaloo is so mild it's not worth eating.
 
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Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:04 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):

I remember the first time I ate wasabi. I thought it was guacamole and I ate a tablespoon full of it.

That had to be a wake up.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 21):

You all should try El Yucateco Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero.

That stuff is pretty good.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 20):

This was my biggest complaint about what passed for Mexican food in California - it was all so freakin' bland.

Tex Mex is bland and unhealthy. The stuff we have is distinctly regional and far better.

Quoting sccutler (Reply 22):
Of course, many call what we get here "Tex Mex," and there are inevitable cultural deviations in the comida.

Tex Mex Quoting sccutler (Reply 22):
My point was, though, that the Mexican food in California was more bland than that to which we are routinely accustomed in Texas, especially when one ventures to south Texas.


Ha, you are kidding, right? Mexican food in Texas is so thick with cheese and grease that you couldn't taste spicy if you covered it in Naga Viper.
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Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:59 am

Was in the middle of the amazon, upstream from Manaus, and was staying with a group of local indians. The people I was with and me had been putting tabasco on everything and we all loved spicy food, but while we were heading there we ran out of chili sauce, so this local amazonian guy ran off into the jungle and returned with these fluorescent green/yellow chilli peppers about 2inches long. I just touched it with my tongue and i could taste the heat but when I took a bite it filled my entire mouth and throat with burning that couldn't be washed away easily but I still grated some onto my spag bol. One of the other spice lovers took quite a big bite and was instantly wet with sweat and he spent the rest of the night recovering in his hammock.

Was probably the hottest thing I've ever had. Of course i had some good stuff in Thailand too but nothing that left me incapacitated. The soups i find are the really spicy dishes in thailand but it's delicious flavour as well.
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Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:03 pm

I LOVE spicy foods. People at work think I'm crazy when I eat a large side of jalapenos, even when I remind them that a jalapeno is a mild pepper with little heat. A couple of weeks ago I ate at an El Pollo Loco in Phoenix (had to get my fix as we don't have that up here, LOL), and I helped myself to some fresh serranos from the condiments bar. I bit into those things, and my eyes watered, my mouth burned, but damn was it good. Sad thing is that's it pretty hard to find truly hot food and sauces here given the general "gringoness" of the area. Often, sauces labeled "hot" are nothing more than mild (medium at best).

My particular "drug" of choice is Indian. I love Indian cuisine, both cooking it myself and eating out. I'll sometimes make the dishes mild (mainly for wussy family, LOL), but I always get the sense that they are missing something without the heat. When it's for me, I throw in some of those Thai chilis, some wonderful Indian chilli powder (generally more than the recipe calls for), and I'm good to go.
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