Here, I'll zoom out a little so you can see.
And zoom out a lot so you get a better idea. This is at my youngest uncle's house. He's got more chili pepper plants in the back.
My mom called a while back to tell me to make more Tuong Ot Xa (Vietnamese Lemongrass Chili Sauce) because my dad was almost done with his jars.
Almost done?! I gave my parents a 68-oz and two 24-oz jars last winter. Dad eats it every day, my mom said. And three times in the course of the same conversation, she reminded me to make some more. The chili peppers aren't quite ripe yet, I said. She's just reminding me in advance so I'll be sure to make more, mom said again.
Oh, man! I hate making the chili sauce. My eyes water, my nose runs, I cough like crazy. I can't keep my family supplied quickly enough. My parents. My second-youngest uncle's wife. My second-youngest aunt and her husband. My youngest aunt and her husband. The older '88. And a handful of other people.
You should sell this sauce, declared my Portland cousin on my mom's side, after recently tasting the jar I gave him. His wife made sure to stash it in a hidden place in their fridge or else two of their oldest sons' friends would eat it all. I've thought of selling it, but I can barely keep up with demand. I really hate making it since my family likes it spicy! And did I tell you my eyes water, my nose runs, and I cough like crazy? But they all love it so and are sooo appreciative... Grumble. Grumble. And I do love my family... And, really, I only go to this much trouble because they properly appreciate me.
So I supplemented the red peppers from my uncle's garden with a few packs I bought at the grocery store. The red and green mix of chilies reminded me of Christmas.
It might look like a lot but a wok full of tuong ot xa only fills two 24-oz jars. All that work and pain for only two jars. *Whimper.*
And the chili peppers are starting to turn red now...
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