- "my pet", meaning "not spicy:; and
- "pet nit noy", meaning "a little bit spicy".
Building your tolerance to the Thai spicy levels helps immensely to enjoy the food here. Fortunately I am now able to eat at the Thai level of spice but it did take as much as a year (and I do recommend a slow build up). In fact I would now put myself in the upper percentile for being able to handle the spiciness. Believe me, my body still reacts to the chilis, initially with hiccups to the first few bits then after I get used to the spiciness my nose starts to run, and will continue to run through the rest of meal. Why do I do it you might ask? Well I have found that the chili enhances the other flavors and I now fully understand why the Thai people eat spice at that level.