The Nonya cooking ingredient Fresh Chillies is found in a bewildering variety of colurs, sizes and
flavours in different parts of the world, although originating from South
There are more than two dozen varieties encountered in South-east Asia, including finger-length chillies in red and green; medium-length plump chillies which can be yellow, pale creamy white, orange, green or red; tiny bird's-eye, and short bulbous chillies known as tabai Bali, and found in that Indonesian island.
The most common chilli is perhaps the finger-length ( Capsicum annum var. longum ), of medium intensity on the "heat" scale. The tiny fiery hot bird's-eye chilli ( Capsicum frutescens ) is a regional favourite, pounded and added to fresh or raw sambals and side dishes in Thailand. In the Thailand and Philippines, bird's-eye chillies are put in a bottle of vinegar which is used as a table seasoning.