In Honor of Tongue-Burning Chili Peppers

By Mark Wiens 2 Comments

Chili Peppers

There are few things, aside from cloves of raw garlic and durian, that I enjoy more than enriching my food with flaming hot chili peppers.

They are precious little beauties of pure tongue entertaining delight.

Some claim that “over-doing it on the chillies” overpowers the dish – and while this can be true – the satisfying pain of a chili pepper scorching the mouth is an overpowering sensation I (and many others around the world) long for.

So here is a little photo tribute to honor such a wonderful addition to the world: the chili pepper.

Chili Peppers
Chili Peppers

Originating in the Americas, chili peppers spread throughout the globe; Now they are a major ingredient in cuisines from Asia to Africa to South America.

Eating chili peppers in Sri Lanka
Eating chili peppers in Sri Lanka

When I visited Sri Lanka I was excited to find some dangerously spicy chili peppers.

The cobra chili (bottom right), as it’s known, is not quite as lethal as a cobra itself, but it comes pretty close!

Thai nam prik chili sauces
Thai nam prik chili sauces

In Thailand, though chillies are not native, they are widely used in many Thai dishes. One of the popular ways to enjoy fiery heat is by eating nam prik chili sauce along with raw or boiled vegetables.

Prik nam pla (chillies in fish sauce)
Prik nam pla (chillies in fish sauce)

At just about every Thai street food stall, you’ll find prik nam pla, diced chillies drowned in fish sauce.

Chili Peppers
Sri Lankan hoppers and lunu miris

Sauces and garnishes are among the most useful methods of serving chili peppers.

Sri Lankan hoppers are incomplete without a few spoons of lunu miris (kind of chili paste) and coconut sambol would flavorless without chili powder.

Korean kimchi
Korean kimchi

In South Korea chillies are especially used for their magical flavoring properties. Kimchi, Korea’s omnipresent condiment, is heavily composed of dry chili flakes.

Dishes just wouldn't be the same without the addition of chili peppers
Dishes just wouldn’t be the same without the addition of chili peppers

Around the world, there are so many unique and outrageously delicious dishes that wouldn’t be the same without the chili pepper.

A few more dishes that are wholly enhanced by chili peppers
A few more dishes that are wholly enhanced by chili peppers

Thank your for joining me on this pictorial journey to honor the mighty chili pepper – a fruit that not only provides remarkable flavor, but also an intensely delicious burn!

Do you enjoy eating chili peppers? In what food?

2 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

  • Peter

    9 years ago

    Hi mark

    Love your blog and vlogs, And must buy the shirt 🙂
    Because Falangs usually don’t get pet maak
    As I am also married to my loved thai wife I started to get used to spicy food
    And as you write I can fully agree, I love chillies

    You should make a vlog dedicated to chilies and hot food
    Maybe you have done so, I have to admit I first have to dig through the massive amount of SOOOO interesting content
    So cool you are sharing your life and love for food, travel with others

    Krub una krub
    Peter

    • Peter

      9 years ago

      We stay most of the time in Austria.
      But wife’s house is in Kanchanaburi, Muang.

      One time somtam pet maak challenge? 555 😀

      Thanks for coming back!