How to Make Chinese Red Chili Oil(红油)

Chinese Red Chili Oil (红油)

This chili oil is a spicy oil infusion made by adding dried chili flakes to a hot oil (neutral oil).  It is often used as a condiment, especially in Sichuan cuisine, and it can also be used as the base for a sauce or sautéed dish as well as cold dish such as cucumber salad for example.

When used as a condiment, chili oil generally enhances the spiciness of a dish it is used on.  When used as a base, this oil will greatly enhance the spiciness of a dish, since the temperature of cooking will bring out the heat.  Many grocery stores carry this oil, especially in Asian supermarket or the specialty foods aisle.

Recently, there has been many new varieties of this chili oil, for example, in Japan there is a new product called “taberu rayu (食べるラー油 or -辣油, literally, “rāyu for eating“).  This has become a trend in 2010; this variety is known for reduced spiciness and less aromatic but more savory as it includes chunks of food such as fried garlic Read More==>