My addiction to chilli sauce has slowly crept up on me. I was actually never really into spicy food that much until I went travelling, now i’m addicted to it! Chillies can help with pain relief, reduce inflammation and of course, help clear the sinuses.
In Thailand they serve a table sauce which is made from fish sauce with chillies used like you would soy sauce.
Fish sauce with chillies
- 8tbsp fish sauce
- 5 chillies (you may want more/less depending on what type you choose and how spicy you want your dish)
- 1tsp lemon juice
- Mix the fish sauce and lemon juice together
- Chop the chillies and place in the mixture, leaving them to marinate (preferably overnight)
- Spoon over your dish – goes great with pad thai, fried rice etc
Mild chilli sauce
If you want regular chilli sauces, there’s plenty of available in the shops. The most familiar one is probably sweet chilli dipping sauce. It goes with almost everything and isn’t too overpowering. Most suitable for prawn crackers and dim sum! I personally like the Blue Dragon one as it’s readily available in the supermarkets I shop at.
Medium chilli sauce
Had a taste of the chilli spice and want to step it up a heat level? We adore Lingham’s which my mum gave us to try – she used to have it in Singapore and we’re lucky that we found it in Wing Lee Hong Supermarket on Vicar Lane, Leeds. It’s got quite a sweet taste and medium strength so it won’t overpower your food but still give you a little kick. Chris loves it on chicken rice.
Hot chilli sauce
Now we’re talking! If you prefer some fire in your belly then hot hot chilli sauce is the only way forward. My chilli sauce of choice is the Flying Goose Brand Sriracha Sauce. I like it because it contains garlic as well and I tend to squeeze over just about anything I eat, including macaroni cheese! Be warned though, a little too much on the fork and your tongue won’t thank you for it!
I was inspired to write this post after finding this funny blog post from Hey Okay about The Food Pyramid. It through here that I discovered that there’s a Sriracha cookbook coming out! You can pre-order it from Amazon here: The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 ‘Rooster Sauce’ Recipes That Pack a Punch.
Super hot chilli sauce
If you really want to take the plunge you can enter the murky waters of the extra hot chilli sauce. We found Mr Singh’s whilst we were in Harvey Nichols. It really has the wow factor so I wouldn’t recommend dipping your dim sum in it, but it makes a great accompaniment to curries or mixed into a noodle dish. It’s a real lip tingler!