Published By: Ishani Karmakar

Why Chili Oil Should Be Your Go-To Spicy Condiment

Everyone appreciates the way a good spicy sauce can bring life to otherwise boring food.

You may be able to relate to Tabasco fanatics who tote their bottles about and Sriracha devotees who swear by their ability to improve any dish. However, there is one not so popular but extremely efficient go-to condiment that adds flavour to any and all foods – chilli oil.

Hot sauce vs. chilli oil Let me to elaborate: To keep its fresh components from going bad quickly, hot sauce often includes a good amount of salt and vinegar. The sour and salty components work well, and are sometimes even required.

At other instances, though, they are only an annoyance. Some people find that adding hot sauce to soup makes it too astringent, and others find that it completely overpowers the flavour of more subtle meals. In contrast, chilli oil is made by incorporating dried spices into an oil base for added spice and scent without the use of artificial additives.

Origins Of Chili Oil Chili oil is a natural complement to cuisines that heavily emphasise spice and flavour difference. It's a staple on Asian dinner table. Rather of competing with bolder tastes like rice wine or soy sauce, it serves as a subtle finishing touch.

Chili oil is widely available in many supermarkets' foreign sections or Asian grocery aisles. Yet, it's not hard to make at home and is well worth the effort.

Not only does it have a more exciting and varied flavour, but you can also alter its heat and intensity by adding different spices and chilies.

To sum up, chilli oil is an irresistible ingredient that isn't limited to Asian cooking. Use it as a seasoning for ice cream, as well as mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pizza, and anything else that may use a little kick.

A Guide to Using Chili Oil

Xian's world-famous hot rice ribbons Xian, a city in western China, is famous for its noodles, which include a unique blend of spicy and sour flavours. The sharpness comes from a combination of seasoned soy sauce and vinegar, but the meal really takes off when you add the chilli oil, which is loaded with fragrant spices like star anise, cumin, coriander, and more.

Dan Dan noodles Sichuan’s most renowned noodle dish relies on an oil flavoured with chillis and peppercorns. It has a lemony undercurrent riding a wave of spiciness.

Wontons in a Sichuan pepper and chilli oil sauce Sichuan wontons are not Sichuan without the slick of vinegar and chile oil in which they float. Be generous with the seasonings and sauces on this one.

Tomatoes tossed in a chili-fennel oil One of summer's simplest joys is tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Yet, when chilies and spices are used, an entirely other flavour profile emerges, one that is full of fiery intensity.