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Thai chile

Pronunciation: [TI]

Only about 1 to 1½ inches long and 1/4 inch in diameter, this diminutive chile packs a fiery punch that doesn't dissipate with cooking. The thin-fleshed Thai chile ranges in color from green to red when fully ripe. It's a popular addition in many Southeast Asian dishes. The bird chile is the dried form. It's so named because drying causes the chile to hook into a bird's-beak shape.