May 13 2011

prik khi nu

SPICE

For Thai food, it’s fair to say, “No chilies, no curries!” And among the many kinds of peppers, hot and not so hot, we have in Thailand, the smallest and most fiery is Prik Khi Nu, a term Thais use for someone who is small but powerful, like a kick boxer. It seems that many non Thai are not only sensitive to the heat of this tiny pepper, but even its name, because its usually translated as “Birds Eye Chili” or “Bird Chili”, when the literal translation should be (excuse me) “Mouse Shit Chili”!
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