Bird’s eye chile peppers, sometimes called Thai chiles, are frequently used to add spice in Southeast Asian cuisine. The small chiles grow on small bushes in hot weather climates. Raw, dried, or cooked, the small but potent peppers pack real heat and are used to add spice to dishes or to make fiery sauces.
What is similar to bird’s eye chili?
(Bird chile is the name of the dried form; drying the chile gives it the hook shape, similar to a bird’s beak.) Substitution: Fresh or dried cayenne peppers or serrano chiles.
What is a substitute for Thai chilies?
Serrano peppers are commonly used as a substitute for Thai chilis, though they are not as hot and more peppers are required to obtain the same spice level in a prepared dish. Not just a substitute, serranos have gained favor in Thai cooking and are now being grown in Thailand as well.