Authentic Thai spice level 2 is considered moderately spicy in Thailand. However, the same level 2 when compared to traditional American spice scales equate to “hot.” Level 3 may be too spicy for people to handle if they’re not able to handle spicy foods.
What is the heat in Thai food?
The science behind spicy food
The bioactive ingredient found in chili peppers that causes the intense ‘hot’ or spicy feeling on the tongue is a chemical called capsaicin. Ginger’s spiciness is caused by the chemical gingerol, that mellows a bit when cooked, but becomes more intense when dried.
Is all Thai food spicy hot?
All Thai curries are naturally a bit spicy without any extra spice added. If your tolerance level for spicy food is low, stay away from curries. Green curry is the hottest as it uses green chilies, while red curry uses red chilies.
Which is hotter serrano or Thai chili?
A lesser-heat fresh alternative: Serrano pepper
At their hottest, they’d still be four times milder than the hottest Thai chili you’d experience. But the serrano pepper is one of the hottest chilies with a milder flavor that you’ll find fresh in many mainstream supermarkets.
Is Thai food spicier than Indian food?
Indian food is spicier in terms of the variety of spices used but some Thai food is spicier. While Indian dishes tend to use more dry spices, Thai cuisine often uses curry paste and fresh herbs instead.
Which Thai curry is not spicy?
Thai red curries are usually spicier than yellow curries but less spicy than green ones. It’s the red chillies in the paste that lend their colour to this curry.