Siling Labuyo and Siling Mahaba, photo by PH Morton
Chilies – Hot & Spicy
There are many varieties of chilies in Asia, where spicy food are favoured. In the Philippines, there are a lot of different kinds of this spice but the two main ones are the siling labuyo which is the small red chilies on the above photo. They are bird’s eyes chilies, which are really hot. The above green one is the other popular one. They are used in sinigang and paksiw (both delicious recipes). They are also rather hot.
To lessen the hotness, the white membrane and seeds that run through the chilies should be removed.
As a rule of thumb the smaller the chili the spicier it is.