Locally-based Apinya Thai Chili Sauce ($5.99/7 oz.) comes to us out of Herndon, Virginia, based on a traditional Thai recipe using all natural, fresh Thai chilies, red peppers, garlic, and ginger. No artificial colors, flavors, or MSG, and it’s vegan, gluten free and low sodium. It’s also fat free because you just sweat all the fat out of your body.
I used it when I ran out of Sriracha and found the flavor much more well-rounded and exciting, not just spicy. Apinya’s ginger, red peppers and garlic make it more complex, and is great on anything you’d use Sriracha for. I added some to my tofu panang and it was a huge hit.
The sauce’s heat level is rated from 50,000–100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs) for an intense balance of heat with the natural flavors. For comparison, jalapeño chili sauces are rated from 2,500–5,000 SHUs and habanero chili sauces are rated from 100,000–300,000. That’s more dangerous than acting out “Bangkok” in charades.
Get it online or at these local retailers:
Smucker Farms, 2118 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.986.7332
Southern Season, 201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. 877.929.7133