I have had to use ‘substitutes’ for my simple love of Asian Chillies (yeah, I’ve had to give it a name). Yes, I’ve had to use Jalapeno, Habanero, Guajillo, Serrano … the list goes on. Why are there no simple Asian Chillies here? The ones that are cut up and put in soy sauce, the ones you find in wet markets, supermarkets, hawker centers ~ everywhere, in Singapore, why are they so rare here?
OK, desperate me finally got my Malaysian friend to send me some seeds, and planted them I did. It’s summer, so I guess the Asian Chilli plants feel comfortable now to produce fruit & I feel gratified. I will never again waste cut chillies from the hawker stalls, whether in little dip-plates or in little tied up plastic bags, I will eat and chew every molecule of that flavorful hot-stuff.
What one loves & misses, one will appreciate 10-fold when next in hand … or should I say in mouth.