In ancient times, spice was used as a
food preservative and to make it more palatable. It also warms the
body. Therefore spices were important in trading as there was high
demand for them. Till today spices still play important roles in our
lives and widely used in Asian dishes.
In Asian culinary culture, many
different kinds of spices are used in Asian cooking because they add
flavor to the dishes to excite the taste buds and stimulate the
appetite to make eating a pleasurable experience.
Among the many different types of spices
in use are chilies, cinnamon, pepper, star anise, fennel, coriander,
cloves and turmeric. For convenience, many of these spices are ground
and blended into a curry powder mix. To counter the burning sensation
in your mouth after consuming a hot and spicy Asian dish, be prepared
with starch like rice as it helps to absorb capsaicin, the pungency in
chilies and pepper. Another point to note is that we should not guzzle
down ice cold drinks immediately after a spicy dish. It is better to
go with hot drinks. This combination will improve our body metabolism.