Posted: 04/27/2017 10:45:00 AM
When you think of ice cream, you probably think of flavors like vanilla and mint chocolate chip. While there are certainly some interesting flavors out there, we bet you hadn’t considered that there was a spicy ice cream.
Is spicy ice cream even possible?
Oh, it’s possible, alright, and it’s a favorite dessert in the Philippines.
Read on to learn more about sili ice cream.
What is sili?
Sili is the Filipino term for chili peppers. There are two types of chilis used in Filipino cuisine: siling mahaba and siling labuyo. Siling labuyo are very hot and were once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chili. Nowadays it’s harder to find genuine siling labuyo in Filipino markets; they are being replaced by bird’s eye chilis from Taiwan, yet still being labeled siling labuyo. The two types can be distinguished by their length; Filipino siling labuyo are shorter.
Where does sili ice cream come from?
The Philippines’ Albay province is known for its pili nut and sili. In 2004, a restaurant in Albay called 1st Colonial Grill put pili nut ice cream and sili ice cream (made from sili labuyo) on the menu, a move which made them famous. Their sili ice cream, made mostly from coconut milk and sili labuyo, became a hit with locals and tourists.
The restaurant now offers the ice cream at three levels of spiciness: 1, 2, and 3. One is the mildest; three is the hottest. The darker the color, the spicier the ice cream. They also offer the “Mayon Volcano level” sili ice cream, which is served with a shot of fresh milk to balance out the spice.
So, for those who love both spiciness and ice cream, clearly you need sili ice cream in your life. If you can’t get to the Philippines to try it for yourself, pick up some sili pepper products at FilStop!