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Hot vs. Hot -- Peppers vs. Horseradish

PaulF | Sep 6, 200606:52 PM     8

I love food cooked spicy with hot peppers. Check out my fantasy restaurant thread, btw.

I don't have the highest tolerance on earth, I can't eat a spoonful of Insanity Sauce and laugh about it, but I like hot sauce on my food and my food cooked with peppers.

But I don't like hot mustard at all, mustard made hot with horseradish. I like yellow mustard, I can barely stand Gulden's and premade sandwiches with Dijon require me to wipe most of it off with a napkin. I don't use horseradish and barely use wasabi on sushi (off topic: I was told that long ago wasabi was used on sushi to mask the flavor of fish that wasn't as fresh, particularly among the poorer classes in Japan, I have no idea if this is true, but it sounds like a cool story).

My dad is the opposite. He won't eat my chili, even if I cook it mild. But he'll slather horseradish on gefilte fish.

Does anyone else distinguish between these two types of hotness? Anyone love hot mustards and horseradish, but have no tolerance or get no enjoyment out of hot sauce, even a mild sauce like Tabasco?

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