Chile Appreciation: The Habanero
If we’re going to start this off then we may as well do this with our spiciest and my personal favorite chile, the habanero. Habaneros are much hotter than Thai birds eye chiles, lets say up to three times the heat with their own distinct citrusy flavor. If you aren’t fond of spicy food then habanero spiced food is definitely not for you, but if you can handle some heat, such as a meal made with Thai bird’s eye chiles then this is something you really have to try.
What about habaneros?
Just how hot are they? Habaneros rate between 100,000 – 350,000 scoville units (wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoville_scale), up to three times hotter than a Thai bird’s eye chile. As bad as that may sound, they aren’t used in volume when prepared with our meals the way Thai chiles are in Thai food. There is a definite kick after taking a bite from a habanero infused shrimp taco or having a sip from a habarita but the burn is quick and doesn’t linger. Again, habaneros are more than just about their spice, but they provide a very specific taste that you wouldn’t find when combining it with other chiles. I wouldn’t be able to describe the taste, but if you’ve tried it then you know the difference. If you haven’t then we’re giving you the chance to find out for yourself!
What do we use them in?
There are three specific items you can find infused with our habaneros; that being our tacos (on special request), our tequila (used for specific drinks), and of course our hot sauce which seems to be growing in demand to be made available for purchase (coming soon!).
One of our best selling items outside of the menu are our habanero infused shrimp tacos; that doesn’t mean it’s only limited to shrimp though, you could choose your choice of filling to be infused with our habaneros. Along with the citrusy flavor and sweetness from the habanero chile, diced tomatoes and our homemade crema help to balance out the spice and flavor and cool it down. A cerveza would be even better though!
Possibly one of the most perplexing combinations of habanero infusion would be in a tequila to make a margarita or just any drink in general. You’re drinking to relax and right? The thought of a spicy margarita just wouldn’t make much sense. Well don’t knock it till you try it! We’re just coming off of our “Habarita Heatwave!” campaign and up to that point I had never had a habarita. Mainly because of what’s stated above, it just doesn’t make sense when I just want a good cerveza to relax or a Mexican Flag shot to get plain old smashed. After being ordered one by accident I have not been able to drink anything else! Does it burn? Of course it does, but it’s still as refreshing as any margarita I’ve had! Give the other variations a try if you want to be adventurous like the strawberry habarita, mango habarita and so on.
And of course there are our hot sauces, both available in jalapeno or habanero form. These are for chile savvy veterans that love their food insanely spicy or for the chile novice that just wants to give it a try.
These chiles really do make a difference in our cuisine; but again you just can’t describe it in words. Stop by at The Mexican on Sukhumvit Soi 2 to find out for yourself! The “Habarita Heatwave!” promotion may be over but if you bothered to read through this entire blog post to get to here then just mention the “‘Habarita Heatwave’ off the blog” for the same deal of 100 THB for a habarita!