Thai Red Chili Hot Sauce is a keeper in our home! Ever since I met my husband I've yet to see him order a '10' in spice level and have it be hot enough, or go out and order salsa and chips and have the salsa or surrounding hot sauces suitable or his palette. I found these little dried red chili peppers at the market and they provide just the right spice I was looking for. These little peppers are packed with some serious heat! If you aren't drinking enough water, you will be after this recipe! It took me a while to share as I kept having to make it with less peppers for it to be consumable by the masses. Not everyone craves the same amount of heat as my husband. I started with a whopping 24 peppers, with instant sweat, a burning tongue, lots of glasses of water, cucumber slices to cool off I thought I may want to go for 12. Meanwhile, my husband was licking the edges enticed by the spiciness and pleased that someone met and potentially exceeded his threshold. We tried it again at 24 but with rice, we still really enjoyed it but still too hot for the common household. I didn't measure any the next batch, bad idea! It was the bottom of the bag and all the red pepper flakes made it into our sauce, that was actually kind of painful and we ate plain rice to cool off our hot mouths. Finally I decided I better cut this in half. I made it with 12 peppers and still found that it was too hot for the average person. My tongue was burning, I instantly started sweating with my nose running. Alas, just yesterday I trimmed it down to 3 peppers. This leaves enough spice to get your attention, leave a tingly sensation that is slightly hot on your tongue and doesn't overpower the other flavors in this sauce. I don't know what spice level you prefer so I recommend starting with 1 and working your way up, taste a little and see how your tongue responds, if you like it stop, if you want it hotter, keep going. Maybe you are like my husband who felt the general public would like 3 peppers but he'd like a touch more and even happily consumed 12 and up to 24! He is my brave taste tester who goes through the sampling process with me. I hope you enjoy this delightful fusion of 4 very simple flavors. Garlic, soy, lime and red chili peppers come together to make a sauce worthy of keeping and making again and again! New recipes coming in the next post!
Thai Red Chili Hot Sauce
The recipe for the picture below will be posted next and features this sauce!
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