Chile Threads

Chile Threads
Chile Threads
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Chile Threads, capsicum annuum, are also called Shilgochu (pronounced she-go-chew), Korean chili threads, or Korean red pepper.

What Are Chile Threads

Chile pepper threads are a traditional Korean food garnish made with extremely thin strings of a mild red chile pepper. These chile threads resemble saffron threads and are approximately a half millimeter wide and about three inches long. They are reddish orange in color and are frequently added to kimchi.

History of Korean Chiles

Red pepper was introduced to Korea from Japan around 1600 and became a seasoning in most Korean dishes. The first mention of chili pepper in Korea is found in the Collected Essays of Jibong, an encyclopedia published in 1614.

Where are Our Chili Threads From?


Are Chili Threads Spicy

These are a fairly mild chile coming in at 2,500 - 5,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

What do Chile Threads Taste Like

A grassy, slightly smoky, fresh flavor.

What do You do with Chili Threads

The threads can be used "as is", toasted, or rehydrated. Gently toasting them in a dry skillet enhances the flavor. You will only need to toast them over medium heat for about one minute. They can also be soaked for about 10-15 minutes in warm water. It’s a great fusion element and can be added to an enormous number of foods. Use as a salad topper, garnish carrot soup, add to stir-fries. Top tacos with chile threads, particularly if they are tofu tacos. Put over savory scallion or mung bean pancakes. Used as a garnish on kimchi or ramen noodles.

Use Chile Threads to make a chili vinegar. Add approximately 1 oz of the threads to a 1 cup glass jar and then fill the jar with your favorite vinegar, add a dash of salt, a pinch of sugar and tightly close the jar lid. Let the flavors marry for about 7 days at room temperature then strain.

Is There a Substitute for Chile Threads

While there is no exact substitute you can mimic the look of the threads by using safflower threads. If you are trying to replicate the flavor Korean Chile Flakes are a good option. If you want a bit more heat you can also use Aleppo Pepper.


Ingredients Yidu Chile
Also Called Shilgochu, Korean chili threads, or Korean red pepper
Recommended Uses Use to top kimchi, pancakes, ramen, salads, soups, stir-fries and tacos
Flavor Profile A grassy, slightly smoky, fresh flavor
Scoville Heat Units 2,500-5,000
Botanical Name Capsicum annuum
Cuisine Asian
How To Store Airtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life 1-2 years
Country of Origin China
Dietary Preferences Gluten Free, Non-GMO


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 gram

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.6g0%

Dietary Fiber0.3g1%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
6 total ratings.

John C. (Verified buyer) 01/30/2021
Chile Threads It was nice to that you guys had this in stock. Also my order was at the house in a few days. I did not know there are so many spices. It is nice to know you have the spices that I need.

Barbara B. (Verified buyer) 09/25/2020
Unique item well worth having in your pantry! I love these! They taste great and make such a pretty presentation on your dishes! They’re not extremely hot and are very tasty!

John i. (Verified buyer) 08/23/2020
pretty and tasty I like these relatively hard to get threads for both their aesthetic for garnish, but they also have a nice spicy little kick (for reference I don't like really spicy but can tolerate moderate levels so long as there is a balance with other flavors). I got the big bulk bag and once I have freezer space, I'll likely store them in there to keep them fresher longer.

Joyce W. (Verified buyer) 10/17/2019
Very good Rather warm but fantastic.

William J. (Verified buyer) 06/05/2019
Nice touch Nice flavor. Just a tad of heat. Instead of flakes, the threads make a unique look in with scrambled eggs or salad.

Milo C. (Verified buyer) 11/22/2018
Great Product Bought these to use as a garnish, just could not be happier with the product. Very uniform threads with just the right amount of heat, very visually appealing. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone as a way to add an interesting visual element to any number of foods