So this here is yet another beloved product I acquired at Red Apple, located in pleasant Mountain View, Anchorage. These chilies caught my attention because I was in need of some typical "chili pepper" shake-on topping, like what one might typically use on a slice of pizza from Costco.
Well, I got 'em of course and let me tell you what, they are fantastic. Thai chilies, ground into a form factor which makes them "shakeable". I discovered something important, though. You know the ususal "chili pepper" bottle you'd see in a pizzaria? Well, I suppose the manufacturers remove the dust and super-fine particles from those chili pepper "dots" that would otherwise perk up a boring pepperoni slice.
The folks at Dragonfly, the makers of these Thai chilies? They ain't removing nothing. If you look at the photo, you might be able to discern the bottle is full of what looks like red sawdust between the flakes. That ain't sawdust. It is debilitating. Eye-watering. Blinding. Painful. And persistent. Merely opening the bottle releases a bit of invisible particulate matter in the air. This is... the Devil's inhaler. If you breathe in near the bottle during use, you will not forget it. And don't even dream of rubbing your face or eyes. Oh no you don't.
Danger aside, these are great chilies. I've found them extremely handy for cranking up the heat in a stir fry, as it's just a case of shaking on the fire. Oh yes. And for pizza? Absolutely! Wow. Those ordinary "chili pepper" dots? Forgotten. I gotta go with the Thai version, even if it comes with consequences. Well worth it.