Fresh salsa taste from a jar is possible when your ingredients are top-notch and your spices are in perfect balance. That's exactly what you taste with the first spoonful of Hot Thai Salsa from Yai's. It might even make you say, 'yai!" in pure delight. The cilantro sings, the lime adds pucker, and the tomatoes tastes like yesterday's harvest. How does Yai's do it? I'm not entirely sure, but they make a salsa that can beat all that fresh stuff with one chili tied behind its back.
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.
And then there's salsa. A condiment so perfect for everything that it is our favorite condiment, beating out those old standbys, ketchup and mustard. But not all salsas are worth their salt. In fact, most taste like they've been processed into oblivion and then trapped inside a jar on a dusty shelf in the corner of some old grocery store before they are finally cracked open and dumped unceremoniously into a bowl next to an open bag of random chips. Such a missed opportunity!
But you have it great, here, and now. Yai's Hot Thai Salsa is kind of the salsa of your dreams. It has everything we expect from great salsa: tomatoes, chilis, garlic, lime, salt. It's all there. Add some mellow cilantro and a bit of ginger (whoa!) and the flavors take off for the moon. This subtle change is just right: not too weird and just interesting enough that you'll keep looking at the label to make sure it's all really in there. It is.
Why Yai's Hot Thai Salsa is so amazing
Every time I open the jar and get ready for a spoonful, the scent puts my hunger on overdrive. Fresh salsa has met its match. The tomato flavor is deep and fresh and holds everything else together, including the good heat from the chilis. It's a nice warm/hot level of heat, nowhere near spicy for the chili-heads, but good and toasty for everyone else.
Unbelievably fresh and yet with deep flavor almost like they've been roasted or dried to concentrate the goodness. This is the foundation of the salsa.
Just enough spice to bring this relish up to a solid medium/hot level. For true chile-heads it's closer to medium, 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 SALSA. You know what to do. Just make sure those chips are (relatively) healthy! 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!