Re: [CH] Worst Salsa...hey, that brings up a pet peeve!!!

Eeyore (
Sat, 16 May 1998 10:13:33 -0600

There used to be a wonderful Indian restaurant on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.
They served a red chile sauce that was the hottest and most flavorful dish I ever
ate.  They used ordinary dried red Barker chiles (or #13s). Made a puree from them
seasoning it with onion and garlic and then set the cooked puree in the sun until it
fermented and much of the water had evaporated. It's been 40 years since I tasted it
but it was absolutely the best red chile product I ever had.

There's a good Indian restaurant in El Paso. They serve both a raw jalapeņo salsa
and a red chile oil as well. It's a fine restaurant.

H. Alan Kantrud wrote:

> >  Does anyone else have a favorite story to share? I'm interested in learning
> > how you've dealt with this. I've tried (at the Indian restaraunt) telling
> > them I wanted the food "Authentically seasoned", but I still received bland
> > food with very little heat.
> >
> > i once ate at a mexacan restaurant in north dakota (where i'm from) where,
> > after having a rather tepid bean burrito arrive smothered in what i swear was
> > beef gravy, i politely asked the server if she could go into the kitchen and
> > dig up some chiles to liven up the fare a bit.  she came back after a few
> > minutes with a small side dish of mushy canned green chiles...i asked her if
> > that was all she could do and she said, "ya, i asked for hot peppers for you
> > but my boss said that there was too much liability in serving raw jalapenos to
> > customers."
> i was so taken-aback all i could do was laugh...and politely eat my burrito and
> beef gravy, sans jalapenos!
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