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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water

There is nothing better than Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water to accentuate the flavor of raw fish (poke), beef stew or any other Hawaii Dish. What is Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water? Well it is a mixture of water, vinegar, and Hawaiian salt infused with Hawaiian Chili Peppers. One could always count on getting chili pepper water from Farmer’s Market near Ala Moana Center. Since Farmer’s Market has now closed down for good to make way for a new shopping center complex, finding chili pepper water has been a little more difficult. Hawaiian Restaurants such as Ono’s, Young’s Fish Market, or any poke shop may sell Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water but they usually don’t carry a huge supply and are often sold out.

So what if there are fewer places to get Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water. Why not just make your own? Well it is not that simple. Hawaiian Chili Peppers used to be quite common in Hawaii. Starting from around 15 years ago, pests such as the Bobo Bird of India and white flies have made Hawaiian Chili Peppers and Hawaiian Chili Pepper Plants highly coveted items here in Hawaii. If you are lucky enough to get a healthy Hawaiian Chili Pepper Plant, take care of it so that you can ensure your Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water Supply keeps on flowing.

Hawaii folk are not the only ones who enjoy Chili Pepper Water. In Okinawa, chili pepper water is as common as Ketchup or Tabasco in America.

Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water

2qt. water
2T Hawaiian Salt
1t Garlic (minced)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup Hawaiian Chili Pepper (remove all seeds and stems)
1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
2T Red Pepper Flake
Boil water, add remaining ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes and let cool.

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