Chili Pepper Water is beloved Hawaiian condiment made from garlic, chilis, and vinegar. Think of it as a Hawaiian hot sauce. Here’s where to get it and how to make it.
Bottle of housemade Chili Pepper Water on the table at Saimin Dojo in Kauai.
Chili Pepper Water! Also known as Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water or Chili Peppa Watah.
What is Chili Pepper Water?
Chili Pepper Water is Hawaii’s default spicy condiment. We use it the same way you use hot sauce or shoyu (soy sauce)…in abundance and with joy.
Every household and restaurant has their own recipe for chili pepper water (like how everyone has their own go-to butter mochi recipe). There is no right or wrong way to make Chili Pepper Water, but there are many variations….