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Good!

Pantries should not be without chili paste, chili powder, chili flakes, chili oil, hot sauce/pepper sauce, etc. Plus pickled chilies (several varieties) as condiments for soups and noodles. Fresh chilies are required for so many dishes and sauces it's impossible to list them all. Heat intensity is completely adjustable by the cook, so enjoy!
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54bubbles wrote:

Good!

Pantries should not be without chili paste, chili powder, chili flakes, chili oil, hot sauce/pepper sauce, etc. Plus pickled chilies (several varieties) as condiments for soups and noodles. Fresh chilies are required for so many dishes and sauces it's impossible to list them all. Heat intensity is completely adjustable by the cook, so enjoy!


Right, I like Mexican spicy beef taco, seafood taco with lemon, so good
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Ah, fuck spicy food. Whenever I eat it (which is very rarely) all I can taste is the spice, I never really understood the attraction of eating something that tastes like you are consuming molten fucking lava
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Not a fan, but if it isn't too spicy I wouldn't mind it.
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it depends on the food for example i don't like curry but do like this one thai sauce i think it was thai chilly sauce or something they use at boston pizza for some of their items
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Spicy food is excellent, but you do need to build up to it.

If you're just adding pure capsaicin or something just to make it unbearably spicy, that's obviously bad. But chiles and special sauces do have distinctive flavors and the heat can be useful for minimizing the amount of salt you need in a dish. Spicy food also promotes circulation and can give you a nice high sometimes.
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ronchester44 wrote:

Ah, fuck spicy food. Whenever I eat it (which is very rarely) all I can taste is the spice, I never really understood the attraction of eating something that tastes like you are consuming molten fucking lava


It's good for your soul
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Spicy food is excellent, but you do need to build up to it.

If you're just adding pure capsaicin or something just to make it unbearably spicy, that's obviously bad. But chiles and special sauces do have distinctive flavors and the heat can be useful for minimizing the amount of salt you need in a dish. Spicy food also promotes circulation and can give you a nice high sometimes.


I like the Jambalaya spicy rice with red sauce and seafood served in the restaurant around my work place, maybe I'll give it a shot next week
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Spicy food is excellent, but you do need to build up to it.

If you're just adding pure capsaicin or something just to make it unbearably spicy, that's obviously bad. But chiles and special sauces do have distinctive flavors and the heat can be useful for minimizing the amount of salt you need in a dish. Spicy food also promotes circulation and can give you a nice high sometimes.


I like the Jambalaya spicy rice with red sauce and seafood served in the restaurant around my work place, maybe I'll give it a shot next week


It's best to build up so that you can actually taste what you're eating without being too distracted by the heat. I used to think a lot of spiciness tolerance was impressive like 10 years ago but I got more and more into food and it's really more about creating a tasting experience that's actually enjoyable and distinct.
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Only pansies say no to spicy foods.
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My husband and I both love spicy food. The spice has to work well in whatever dish it's in, however. Adding heat just for heat's sake often results in uninteresting food.

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If I can actually taste the flavor of the food under all the spicy, then it is good. If all I taste is watery spicy sauce and not the food under it, then it sucks.

Yes, that exactly.

Good Sichuan food does heat well. There's heat from various peppers, but also an herbal/citrus tang from Sichuan peppercorns. The Sichuan peppercorns actually make your mouth tingly and numb, a little like when you've had novocaine at the dentist and it's wearing off. The hot peppers and Sichuan peppercorns combine into a flavor profile called ma la. Ma is the tingly/numb sensation, la is the burn from the hot peppers.
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Is the authentic Ma Pou tofu spicy?
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I think there are levels of spicyness that make all the difference in what I eat.

Spicy - Full of misc Herbs and Spices. KFC and Popeye's fit.
Mild Spicy - A little heat but not enough to take your breath away. Think Orange Julius Nachos or Taco Bell Tacos.
Hot Spicy - Hot with a little bite. Think Buffalo Wings.
The "WTF am I Thinking Even Trying to Eat Something This Spicy" - The kind of hot peppers known to actually hospitalize people. Ghost Peppers, Scorpions, Nagas and Carolina Reapers all fall into this category.

I'll eat spicy or mild spicy daily, hot spicy every so often but NEVER subject myself to the WTF kind.
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I love it!
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I love spicy food, but not so spicy that it's painful. I still want to be able to taste the food.
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