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May 2, 2006 04:18 PM

Malo Restaurant Burnt Habanero Creme Salsa

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I'm hooked on this stuff!! Anyone have a clue what's in it, or how to make it??

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  1. You don't even tell us where Malo Restaurant is located?!!

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    1. re: Timowitz

      Give the OP a break! He was just told to move this from the Los Angeles board. For those not familiar with Malo Restaurant, they make a creamy, smokey habanero salsa that is quite tasty. Their menu describes it as a "burnt habanero & creme fraiche" salsa.


      1. re: DanaB

        I've never been there so I can't compare... but... based on what you said there, I'd say:

        either dried, smoked habaneros, toasted and crumbled, or roasted habaneros
        roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions
        bunch of mexican crema
        salt and pepper

        since I don't know what Malo's sauce is like, I'm not sure what they do with their tomatoes. If the whole thing is creamy, then you could roast the tomatoes, puree everything, then mix with the crema and chopped cilantro. If it is a sort of chunky creamy, then I'd chop the tomatoes and other ingredients.

        Again, not knowing their salsa, frankly, I'd go with the crumbled dried habanero. You could sort of get a queso fundido type of consistency. Then you could just puree the roasted garlic or onions with the crema, crumble in the chile... mmm...

        anyhow, just a few thoughts...

        1. re: adamclyde

          It's creamy, pureed, a pinkish hue with an edge of orangey-burnt color. I'm guessing it's something like a dried habanero, toasted on a griddle, then put in hot water to soften and blend to a liquid chili puree. Then, mix in the creme fraiche and seasonings. Perhaps garlic goes in earlier, but it tastes to me like a hot roasted chili, blended or strained until smooth, mixed with a cream to smooth it out.

      2. re: Timowitz

        OK, sorry, Malo is in Los Angeles, specifically on Sunset in Silverlake

      3. Thanks so much guys/gals, I hadn't thought of dried habaneros...lots of great ideas! I'll let you know how it turns out.

        1. Update---One of the servers told me it includes honey, chipotles and orange juice. I've come up with a few similar salsas but nothing dead-on.

          1. I just asked the server tonight and she said it was:

            Canned chipotle peppers
            lime juice
            orange juice
            crema (sour cream)

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            1. re: tanuki_noir

              oh my gosh! that sounds delicious!!! i'm going to try to make it and i know it will be EXACTLY like the original (in my mind).

              1. re: raygunclan

                Im a addicted to Malo Habanero creme salsa! Did you make it, how was it? I feel like there may be honey in it because its sweet.

            2. I taste bbq in there... I bet it's habaneros, mexican crema, chipotles, honey, oj, lime juice.... I'm going to try making it!

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              1. re: celbel

                The "habanero" is a misnomer. The chipotle peppers are surprisingly very hot. If you add habanero you will likely have a fire in your mouth. I've made it before and got pretty close. You want to use the canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce... l used Embasa brand.