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What is it about Chinese "Hot Mustard" that gives you that "gasolene vapor" effect that makes your eyes water and sinuses clear up?

Asked by Lovelocke (1609points) August 1st, 2008

Just as the question says. There’s weak-ass Hot Mustard that you get in packets, then there’s the real mother deal that you get at legit restaraunts, the kind that, if you were to put enough of it on (which isn’t very much at all) you get this totally gnarly vapor effect that destroys your brain in an atomic rush of flavor?

I ask, because it seems that we eat a fair amount of Habanero snacks that don’t put off nearly the same heat as Hot Mustard… I add Habanero sauce to my chili, for example.

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syz's avatar

It’s a horseradish based heat (as opposed to capsaicin). It’s what gives wasabi it’s kick. (That rush makes my scalp crawl.)

PupnTaco's avatar

It’s the mustard.

marinelife's avatar

I love the brain rush! Chinese hot mustard, yes! Wasabi, yes! (Go, green death.)

stratman37's avatar

to make the stuff, just get dry mustard from the spice section of the store, add a little water – and boom!

stratman37's avatar

Wasabi is a type of horseradish. I don’t know why it’s green, tho.

stratman37's avatar

anyone else eat a raw habanero? I’m in the club!

richardhenry's avatar

Is it me, or does Lovelocke look a lot like Wolverine? (stratman37’s avatar.) Assuming it’s Lovelocke in his photo.

marinelife's avatar

@rh Not just you. When I first saw stratman37’s avatar, I thought Lovelocke had made a second account.

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