About Thai Bird Chile Powder
Thai bird peppers are just one of many varieties of chiles grown in Thailand, although they are the most prominent crop by far. Because Thai food is one of the spiciest cuisines in the world, it makes sense that chile peppers are a kitchen staple. Our Thai bird chile powder has a flavor that's slightly fruity with strong heat (70,000-130,000 SHU).
Thai bird chiles are not exactly the same as birds eye chiles, although they are often referenced interchangeably. African bird’s eye chiles are smaller and spicier than their Thai cousin. They are both varieties of the Capsicum annuum species of chile pepper.
Thai chile powder is used in Thai broths, soups, curries, noodle dishes, and stir fry. Its spiciness pairs well with flavors like coconut, ginger, lemongrass, lime juice, and cilantro. Use this unique chile powder in your marinades for chicken, fish, and shrimp. It also makes a great seasoning for roasted veggies or lightly sprinkled on fresh fruits.
If you happen to be a fan of Chrissy Teigen, her Cravings cookbook calls for Thai chile powder in several recipes (like her delicious Thai Beef Salad). She explains that her mom makes it from scratch by growing Thai bird chiles in her own garden. It kind of highlights the fact that this chile powder is hard to track down. So if you don’t want to make it yourself, Spice Alley is here for you.