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Feb 11, 2007 06:31 PM

dumb question about tien tsin chile pepper

Most websites that sell them say to remove them before serving. Why?

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  1. You can eat them if you want, but I think they're generally regarded as something to be discarded after cooking, like a bay leaf. Restaurants leave them in for show, but usually they're not consumed.

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      1. I have a favorite Kung pao chicken recipe that says to discard them if they char, but I kind of like them that way. Also, I inlcude them in the finished dish so I can just pluck one out and nibble on it for more heat.

        1. I leave them in my Kung pao. It's not hot enough unless I eat them. At least some of them.