A question about a recipe: Chocolate Thai Green Curry Cake

I have a question about the ingredient "small Thai bird chiles" on the recipe "Chocolate Thai Green Curry Cake" from raspberryeggplant. What are they, and what can substitute?

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Chocolate Thai Green Curry Cake
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sstiavetti March 5, 2012
They're incredibly hot, tiny chilies that look like a bird's eye. They usually sell them in Asian grocery stores, or in an international supermarket that caters to a series of nationalities. You can also mail order them for cheap, and they stand up to shipping without a problem.
 
raspberryeggplant March 5, 2012
If you can't find Thai bird chiles, you can use serranos or any other similar small, long, hot peppers (but not habaneros!)

Chile powder is NOT a good substitute - fresh chiles have a very different flavor.
 
aargersi March 4, 2012
I think a serrano would work - I would look for a fresh substitute though - chili powder is smokier - different sort of flavor
 
Greenstuff March 4, 2012
Hot little chiles. I'd substitute another hot chile or some chile powder.
 
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