Every time I throw open that fridge door, grab this jar, and unscrew the lid, I think about the best pickles I've ever eaten with the right bit of spice. Not overly hot nor cloyingly sweet: that's the magic of Yai's Thai Relish. Nothing but cucumbers, chilis, garlic and some zesty vinegar to make everything sing. It goes on anything and everything so well that you're going to wish this came in a bucket rather than this lovely fridge-sized jar.
Condiments make the world go 'round. Why else would every single bachelor on the planet run out of every bit of food long before they run out of condiments? Because condiments are tasty and last nearly forever. They brighten up nearly any dish your kitchen can turn out, whether roasted potatoes or scrambled eggs or anything in between.
Make room on your condiment shelf for this Yai's Thai Relish and be prepared to fall in love . . . with a pickle. Sort of. This relish isn't so much Thai as it is crazy delicious. Just imagine the most delectable pickle you've ever eaten, then add some spice and chop it all up tiny so you can spread it over meat or add it to a dressing or a salad. That's what you'll find in this jar. All natural and simple ingredients means that it tastes like it was made fresh just for you.
Why Yai's Spicy Thai Relish is so amazing
Every time I open the jar and get ready for a spoonful, the scent puts my hunger on overdrive. The relish is almost hard to describe, like the best pickles you've ever tried with the sweet undertones of red peppers and a bit of garlic. It doesn't taste "Thai" so much as it just tastes really freaking delicious.
Light, crunchy, and a perfect base for this tingling relish. It puts the pickley personality in the mix.
Just enough spice to bring this relish up to a solid medium heat. For true chile-heads it's closer to mild, but just about everyone else will find this fire just at perfectly toasty.
Guess what? First, you can start with the fact that it is a relish. It works wonders when added to a little grilled meat or fish, or tossed in with a fresh salad. But it only gets more interesting from there:
From the founders, Leland Copenhagen and Sarah Hughes: "We created Yai's Thai in 2015 with the intention of making every meal an adventure. We draw our inspiration from traditional Thai recipes passed down from Leland's Yai (Thai for grandmother), and adhere to the Thai custom of letting each ingredient's flavors shine, without adding anything artificial or unnecessary.
Our Thai Salsa is the product that got us started, and gave us the whole idea for Yai's Thai. Leland's mom makes a killer dish, Thai Salmon Salad, which is unlike anything we've seen served in Americanized Thai restaurants. While Leland was learning to make the recipe, Sarah had been frequently tossing together fresh pico de gallo, and the similarities between the two sparked the idea. We made the "salmon salad" without the salmon, ate it with a tortilla chip, and knew we were on to something. We envisioned bringing Thai flavors into the home in a completely new way: through salsa.
From there, we came to realize the values that Thai customs can offer beyond just the flavors themselves. In Thai culture, food is a central aspect of everyday life that brings people together for a lively experience. Our products make it easy to bring that vibrant flavor and excitement to every meal, and to experience food as an adventure."
Yes, and more. All Yai's Thai sauces and salsas are Whole30 compliant, as well. Hot dawg!
Actually, yes. Yai's Thai is a part of One Percent For The Planet, an organization founded by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia to help businesses commit part of their income to causes that support the planet's wellbeing. That's pretty solid. Bravo, Yai's!