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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Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking
Hot little chiles. I'd substitute another hot chile or some chile powder.
Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.
I think a serrano would work - I would look for a fresh substitute though - chili powder is smokier - different sort of flavor
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.
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.