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Old 04-16-2005, 06:43 PM   #1
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Spicy VS Hot

I used to think these terms were interchangeable, but I have learned they have totally different meanings, however I do not know what they are. What is the difference between spicy and hot?

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Old 04-16-2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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My two coppers worth:

Hot to me means just that, all I taste is "heat". Everything else melts into the background.

While spicey means flavor along with along with a nice dose of heat, i.e. there are are multiple things going on in the taste.


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Old 04-16-2005, 07:30 PM   #3
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To me spicy means having pungent flavor or aroma. It may also mean zesty. Like for example a spicy tomato sauce. I consider garlic, cumin, crushed red peppers, mustard, etc. to be spicy.

Hot is the sensation a person gets when they eat a jalapeno or other hot peppers. Hot is wasabi, habaneros, Scotch bonnets, Chinese mustard, etc.
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Old 04-16-2005, 09:14 PM   #4
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I agree with Sierra. Spicy is in the actual taste, the hot is how much you sweat and get tears in your eyes!
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Old 04-16-2005, 09:54 PM   #5
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OK so what would be an example of a food that is spicy, but not hot?
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Old 04-16-2005, 10:17 PM   #6
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GB, all I can say is that the spicy flavor will affect the tip and middle of the tongue and the fiery part will hit the sides and back of the tongue! Don't ask me why, that's just how it is! Heartburn will follow soon enough!
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:02 AM   #7
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I consider many Indian dishes spicey. The food combines many spices, yet many of the dishes are not hot.

Just a thought.
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:09 AM   #8
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I consider many Indian dishes spicey. The food combines many spices, yet many of the dishes are not hot.

Just a thought.
I would agree. One recipe that I thought of spicy, but not hot is Vindaloo.
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Old 04-17-2005, 12:49 AM   #9
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i don't know the proper useage, but figure that 'spicy' would describe a chili pepper, whereas 'hot' would describe boiling water. but i almost always say 'hot' for both.
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A well seasoned tomato sauce is spicy GB, but not hot.
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