i got a hankerin' for some pad-thai inspired dish and thought we didn't have any sweet chili sauce. i scored some Serrano and jalapeno chiles at the food bank, so i kind of guessed what would go in it and made it myself. it turned out mild, but good! as always, i don't have a recipe but here's what went in it:
sesame chili oil
4 red Serrano peppers, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
3 cloves of garlic
red pepper flakes
brown rice syrup
sauteed the chillies and garlic in the oil, added everything else until it was kind of syrupy. at the end i added a shot or two of apple juice. i let it cool, poured it into a container and let it sit overnight. the next day i pureed it and added 2T of peanut butter to make a thai style peanut sauce. i mixed that with some spaghetti noodles, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. voila, dinner was served.
turns out we had sweet chili sauce in the back of the pantry and i didn't see it. oops. this was good anyway.