This small chilie’s flavor is extremely concentrated and strong. If you buy a package, you have enough for a generous amount of sambal. You can let them simmer in a stew. They are really small tastebulbs. The red variety is somewhat spicier than the green so keep that in mind.

What is a bird’s eye chili?

This little red chili is related to the bell pepper and is also called Thai chili. It is much spicier than the larger ‘normal’ chillies. You can process it raw or cooked in dishes for some extra spice. Capsium, the substance that makes this spice so hot, hardly dissolves in water, but very good in fat and alcohol. Rinsing with water does not help to take the hot taste away, but milk does. And alcohol, if sufficiently strong, works well.

Cooking with bird’s eye chili

You have to take care when you prepare chillies. When you have sliced ​​them and rub your eyes, you can get a burning sensation in your eyes. It is not harmful, but quite uncomfortable. To get it ready for use, remove the stalk and cut the pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and pith (spiciest). Now, the red chili is ready for use. This spicy seasoning is indispensable in fresh sambal, or use it to spice up a stir-fry or marinade. You can let it simmer in a stew and remove it before consuming.

Is fresh chili healthy?

The taste is so hot because it contains capsaicin, which causes your airways will open. That and the fact that it’s full of vitamin C makes it a healthy condiment.


In a cool, dry place you can keep chillies for about a week. They can dry in a little bit after that. You can still use them, but they are slightly less spicy.

In the Netherlands you can buy red bird’s eye chili at supermarkets and exotic groceries.

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