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    How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    Over the years, I have learned to eat fairly "hot" Thai food.

    When I first went to Thailand in the mid-70s, I ordered some Yum Yum Nua (still one of my favorite dishes), and ignorantly ate the hot peppers (when I first got to Thailand I would eat everything on my plate or bowl - even lemon grass used to flavor tom yum).

    The Thai waiter kindly gave me a cold washrag so that I could blot the pepper oil from my tongue (I didn't worry about germs back then).

    Now I can generally eat "hot" Thai food, just as it is served to adult Thais. However, occasionally my wife will eat something that is so hot that, although I can still eat it, it ruins my enjoyment of the dish.

    How have other westerners on this forum learned to cope with spicy Thai dishes?


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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I've always eaten spicy foods. However, how hot I enjoy them, depends on the dish. I don't always have to have sweat on my forehead.
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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I eat spicy. Before I discovered Thailand I spent many summers in Trkiye where we ate spicy food. We would even eat chillies straight off the tree in the garden of an evening.

    One day my wife in Thailand made me an extra spicy dish because I would tell her that I could eat as spicy as her. I ate it but she never believed her sister that I did.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    David, I'm intrigued with the idea of peppers growing on a tree. I've googled and can't find any information, other than a California pepper tree, which I wouldn't think is what you were referring to. Were the peppers you referred to a type Chili native to Turkey? Or is this a method of pruning and training the pepper plant?

    I love growing my own peppers, so of course I took notice of this.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I guess when I say tree I mean bush?

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    Ahh, one of those trees! Mystery solved. Thanks.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I've always been a big fan of the really hot Thai foods.

    When I was there in 2004 I was living in Ҵ and there was a market around the corner from my house. I found a little stall that made Moo Grapaow. The first time I went asked for it hot and they all laughed and told me "farang" can't handle it. So each time I went they'd make it a little hotter to see if I still liked it. We had some really good laughs and by the time I left they were so impressed as soon as they saw me coming they would start preparing it instead of waiting to ask what I wanted.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I agree with colejkeene that being able to eat really hot Thai food is somehow an "ice breaker" for Thais when they are around westerners. I guess it is one less difference between the two cultures.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    Moo grapow is one of my favorite dishes, and one of the few things I can eat at full strength. I think one of the reasons is the blend of heat & basil tempered by the rice which makes it bearable to my palate. I grow peppers but usually the hot banana is the hottest I can tolerate. I make Thai sweet chili sauce with the chili peppers and dry & grind some as a condiment also, but use sparingly. I like a blend of tastes rather than any one overpowering the whole.

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    Re: How Hot Do You Like Your Thai Food?

    I have been eating hot chiles for decades. They are a regular part of my diet. I draw stares when eating out in Thailand. When we order som tam as a family, we place two orders; one as hot as I like and one that most of the rest of the family can tolerate. Ow pet lai illi der
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