In Thai restaurants, spice levels are used to indicate the level of spiciness in a dish. The spice level scale can vary from restaurant to restaurant, but it generally follows a range from mild to extra spicy. Here’s a common breakdown of the spice levels you may encounter at Banana Leaf Thai:
Mild or Non-spicy:This level is suitable for those who prefer little to no heat. The dish will have minimal or no chili added, focusing more on other flavors.
Medium or Mildly Spicy:This level offers a moderate amount of spiciness. It typically includes a small amount of chili or chili sauce to add some heat to the dish.
Spicy:This level indicates a higher level of spiciness. It will have a noticeable amount of chili added, providing a significant kick of heat but still manageable for many people.
Very Spicy:Dishes labeled as very spicy are considerably hotter and may be quite challenging for those who are sensitive to spiciness. These dishes contain a generous amount of chili and can be quite fiery.
Thai Hot or Extra Spicy:This is the highest level of spiciness available in many Thai restaurants. It is extremely spicy and typically reserved for those who have a high tolerance for heat. Expect a significant amount of chili peppers, chili sauces, or spicy condiments added to achieve this level.
It’s important to note that spice levels can be subjective, and each restaurant may interpret them differently. If you’re unsure about the spice level of a dish, you can ask your server or the restaurant staff for guidance. Additionally, some restaurants may be willing to adjust the spice level according to your preference, so don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like a milder or spicier version of a particular dish.