10 Dec2013


Sometimes, a really quick stir-fry is the easiest way to feed a crowd of people. An enormous box filled with fabulous dried chilies from Bangkok was LBC’ed to our Cebu office from long-time reader Moni from Leyte (before Yolanda hit)… we had recently gotten together for a mini-eyeball in Cebu and she was headed to Bangkok and offered to pick up “some chilies” for me. The staggering volume that arrived in the box was not to be believed. I quickly threw together this stir-fry for an office staff lunch to take advantage of the bounty.


Sliced up some boneless chicken thighs and breast meat. Chopped up some green onions, white onions, green peppers, minced some garlic and put a large kawali or wok on high heat. Add some vegetable oil to the pan, sear and slightly brown the meat (I had too much, and it steamed a bit, that’s bad) and season with a bit of hoisin and soy sauce and remove it from the pan. Add a bit more oil, keep the heat on high, and saute the onions, garlic, whole and chopped red dried peppers, the green peppers and some of the green onions and toss in some unsalted roasted cashew nuts. Return the chicken to the pan Season with a bit more hoisin sauce, soy sauce and cracked black pepper. Keep the contents of the wok moving.


Taste and adjust seasoning as you wish. Have lots of rice ready. Time to eat. Fed 15 people in less than 15 minutes of prep and cooking time for the main dish. And Moni, thank you for the wonderful dried peppers, they are SO FRESH that they are WICKEDLY SPICY. And the longer the dish sits, the more excruciating the burn. :) Absolutely delicious and we are dreaming up more ways to make use of the bounty that you sent! Maraming salamat!



  1. jakbkk says:

    very nice and tasty….i think OYSTER SAUCE alone would also do the trick. reminds me of those street-side stalls in Thailand.

    Dec 10, 2013 | 9:05 am


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  3. natie says:

    Thanks for this recipe!! I need something quick and delicious, but for only two people. I only have unsalted peanuts on hand–I think that would do. It has Holiday colors too!!! I’d try this for our Holiday get-together.

    Dec 10, 2013 | 9:08 am

  4. jay p says:

    are those the thai chilis? more pics of the chilis puhleez! :)

    Dec 11, 2013 | 9:55 am

  5. Kasseopeia says:

    I do something similar but with cilantro added to the mix. Or basil. Or both.
    Lots of rice is a MUST!

    Dec 11, 2013 | 6:52 pm


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