As our previous article mentioned, Thai spice is categorized in levels for consumer awareness, and for good reason!Â The combination of chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and other herbs creates a unique experience for the taste buds.Â However, when it comes to Thai restaurants in Nashua, our staff has too often seen people misjudge the power of the Thai spice.Â Unlike the American spice level, Thai food takes spicy to new levels.
Because we love our customers and appreciate your taste buds, weâ€™re taking a moment to explain the Thai spice scale!
Not everyoneâ€™s body tolerates spice, and thatâ€™s okay! The wonderful trait of Thai spice is that itâ€™s easily customizable for preference or requirement.Â When ordering, 0 or 1 on the spice scale will be youâ€™re safest choice; 0 being no spice at all.Â Level 1 will provide consumers with the Thai spice flavor at generally comfortable levels of tolerance.
Naturally, when moving up the scale in spice intensity, level 2-3 will be the next in line.Â However, be aware that taking the spice up a notch is no joke when dealing with Thai cuisine.Â 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 â€śhot.â€ť Level 3 may be too spicy for people to handle if theyâ€™re not able to handle spicy foods.
If youâ€™re feeling brave, levels 4 and 5 provide the most heat in Thai food.Â However, please donâ€™t say we didnâ€™t warn you as level 4 is typically too spicy for most people.Â Level 5, often referred to as â€śThai hot,â€ť is the level authentic to the Thai culture.Â If youâ€™re looking for a truly authentic experience, then level 5 it is.Â But again, donâ€™t say we didnâ€™t warn you.
One thing to keep in mind is that different restaurants may gauge their spice charts differently.Â Although the above guideline is a safe go-to when in doubt, itâ€™s always best to inquire with your server.Â Remember, you can always add more spice, but you canâ€™t take it away!
When youâ€™re looking for authentic Thai restaurants in Nashua, NH, visit us at the Giant of Siam.Â Our chefs have been creating authentic Thai recipes from scratch for generations with all levels of Thai spice! Stop in today and experience what millions of people have been enjoying for centuries!