What's the effective way to reduce the spicy taste?

@youless (65284)
Guangzhou, China
October 15, 2008 2:26am CST
When we eat the spicy foods, although it tastes well. However, the spicy feeling is also terrible. I have heard that drinking milk will less the spicy taste. I am not sure whether it's true. Do you have any effective ways to deal with the spicy taste?
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
15 Oct 08
Yes Youless drinking some warm milk will really help if you find your food too spicy and your tongue starts burning.Eating sugar or some sweets or ice cream is also very effective.Drinking lots of water also helps....Here in India we eat spicy food most of the time....he..he.....
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
I am surprised to know that eating sugar will be helpful By the way, I like Indian foods
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
16 Oct 08
Hello Youless...yes I ahould have guessed that you like spicy Indian food ,when you started this diacussion itself...ha..ha...Any way it will make my task easier when you come to India to visit me........*smile*.....
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• United States
15 Oct 08
My father-in-law once told me that the only way to get the spicy (hot) feeling out of your mouth was to eat a piece of bread. I've tried it and (surprisingly) it does work. Although milk tastes better to me than bread does, when it comes to putting the fire out in my mouth, I'll go for the bread every time. ;)
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 08
This is a new way
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
If I have a Chinese dishes, then I have to think out another new way because bread isn't available
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@subha12 (18475)
• India
15 Oct 08
it is what i have also heard. also it is said that eating a bit of sugar also help. but i have not proofs about these.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
It seems that sugar is another way to reduce the spicy taste.
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@checapricorn (16076)
• United States
15 Oct 08
[i]HI youless, I love hot and spicy food and have no problem with the taste..LOL! but, having some mint candy after eating will help me lessen the aftertaste or drinking some cold water, it will work for me, I believed drinking milk also will work out! [/i]
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
Thanks for your response.
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• United States
15 Oct 08
Hi! My mom loves spicy food, but when she had consumed too much of it and wanted to get rid of the aftertaste, she would put small ice cubes in her mouth. Once, I tried eating sweet food afterwards, but I have noticed that it was not much of help in reducing the spicy taste in the mouth. Anyway, I love spicy foods so I don't have a problem removing the aftertaste. The problem is, I keep on longing for more spice, so the eating doesn't stop!
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
Spicy foods are very attractive
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@ahgong (10088)
• Singapore
15 Oct 08
Milk is very effective in reducing the spiciness in the mouth after eating. The other effective one is ICE. Pop a couple of them in your mouth and let the cold wash away the spiciness. Works like a charm every time.
@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 08
Usually we will drink cold cola to feel less spicy.
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@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
15 Oct 08
eat sweet stuff and drink plenty of juice.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 08
Thanks for your response.
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@iskayz (5426)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
chilli pepper - a piece of chili pepper
Hi! Drinking milk does help. Milk neutralizes the capsaican chemical compound derived from chili pepper that causes burning sensation. Actually any dairy product can help tone down spicy taste in our mouth. You can also try eating sorbet and sucking ice cubes. But bread is better in neutralizing spice because it can absorb the oil that carry the heat. Hope that helps. Ciao!
@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Oct 08
I think ice cubes can work, too. This is the most common way for us to reduce the spicy taste.
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• United States
18 Oct 08
Drinking milk helps make the food less spicy. If you have a pepper burn in your mouth, you can drink milk right away to take away the pain. Also, eating a piece of white bread works too.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Oct 08
Thanks for your suggestion.
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@SViswan (12096)
• India
16 Oct 08
My dad used to tell us to take in a pinch of salt if the food was too spicy. And it did work. I also take yogurt if I find a dish too spicy. Most Indians are used to very spicy food (though I had to acquire the taste for spicy food after I settled down in India).
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
I am glad to hear that yogurt works well to reduce the spicy taste.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I don't like eating spicy food... so i have no idea how to reduce the spicy taste... but if i have no choice... i would definitely have a lot of water with my spicy food... that would usually make the taste subside when i take a bite...
@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
Drinking more water is a very common way, but it doesn't work very well yet.
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@4mymak (1725)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 08
next time.. try eating sweets or candy...
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
It's a surprising method
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@GardenGerty (70624)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Oct 08
Something with some fat usually helps remove the oils from the spices. Milk, butter, cream cheese, or even cheese cake. yum, I vote for cheese cake.
@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Oct 08
I am surprised to know it. As Sichuan spicy dishes can be oily and spicy. I think it's much more spicy with oil
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@williamjisir (22914)
• China
16 Nov 08
Hello youless. I love spicy food in my hometown as well as sweet food here in Zhejiang. Sometimes when it is too spicy of the food, I will drink some orange juice as well as milk and I do find it helpful. I guess that the food in Guangdong is not as spicy as the food in those inland provinces. Yes?
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• China
16 Nov 08
Hello again, youless. I see why. I think that it is because of the flow of people from different parts of China to Canton that is the main reason Cantonese people start to love spicy food as well. Yes? Good night and sleep tight, youless.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Nov 08
Yes, Cantonese food isn't spicy. But nowadays we also accept to spicy foods from other places.
@skysuccess (8886)
• Singapore
18 Oct 08
youless, Drinking water is definitely not going to help here. If you are having a Chinese or Thai meal, then it would help if you could ask the kitchen to prepare a plate of fresh sliced cucumber (lots of it). Once it becomes unbearable then just put 2 slices in your mouth and let it settle on your tongue for a while before eating it up. You may also want to prepare a small bowl of oriental sesame oil mixed with some chopped garlic to dip your spicy food before putting it in your mouth. This is a very good method so far with spicy food, including handling those hot and spicy szechuan food and steamboats. In India, if the cucumber is not available, then having their yogurt will be the alternative and solution. Also, you may try to have your drinks at least half an hour before that spicy meal and then do not drink during the meal. Thirst on the tongue can help handle spicy hot food better than a wet tongue. Have your drinks towards the end of the meal. Another tip for gastric sufferers, be sure to have your gastric medication handy in case of flare ups. Also, you may feel better consuming a glass of concocted fruits salts after your meal. Hope the above tried and tested tips will help you with your next spicy meal invitation. Take care.
• Singapore
18 Oct 08
youless, On the contrary, I am a gourmet individual and I basically enjoy eating. I have picked up these tips in the course of my travels and also, I would always experiment cooking those dishes I have enjoyed where I have traveled, when I am back home. In my life, I had started to cook for my family when I was at a tender age of 9 but stopped when I started attending university. I just managed to start again after settling down with my career. Ha! Ha! Anyway, I will always be glad to share a tip and recipe anytime with anyone. Take care.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Oct 08
I am quite surprised that you know so many useful methods. It sounds like that you are a professional chef. Otherwise I wonder how you can learn so much
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@Rainegurl (2159)
• Philippines
16 Nov 08
hi, youless i have tried milk and it really is effective. i find oil effective too. cooking oil, olive oil...it's yucky but it works. have a nice day!
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Nov 08
I am glad to hear that.
@tianli (311)
• China
22 Oct 08
LOL ~~ I have the same question with you , I can't refuse the spicy foods which are so delicious , for example,duck neck , I am mad about it recently . the feeling of the spicy is so terrible , but after you drink some water , then feeling will be more terrible .I don't have effective way and always eat some bread to reduce the spicy taste.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Oct 08
There are a few fast food restaurants that sell spicy snacks like duck necks here. Actually I don't try it because I am not so interested in bones
• United States
21 Oct 08
Milk or cream helps so does eating some bread. The one thing you don't want to do is drink water.That only makes it worse.
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@youless (65284)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Oct 08
It's true that water doesn't help much in this aspect
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