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Chili Oil

How to use chilli oil?

Growing up we had staple items in our household, whilst most Australian’s had Rosella tomato sauce, we had our homemade chili oil, oh yes mums special recipe and I would put it on everything! How fortunate my childhood was to be introduced to such an amazing culture of food and just when you think the ABCs (Australian Born Chinese) cannot integrate their culinary flavours, there we were as kids, mixing mums chili oil with Rosella tomato sauce. Enjoy!

Chili oil is a condiment made by infusing oil with chili peppers. It is a popular ingredient in many cuisines, including Chinese, Korean, and Thai. The heat level of chili oil can vary depending on the type and amount of chili peppers used.

Chili oil can be used as a dipping sauce for dumplings, noodles, and other dishes. It can also be added to stir-fries, soups, and marinades to add heat and flavour. Some people even use it as a topping for pizza or popcorn.

In addition to chili peppers and oil, chili oil may also contain other ingredients such as garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Homemade is always the best option. Chili oil is a versatile condiment that can be served in many ways. Here are some ideas:

  • As a dipping sauce: Chili oil can be served as a dipping sauce for dumplings, steam buns or any other type of finger food.

  • In stir-fries: Chili oil can be added to stir-fries to add heat and flavour. You can use it to stir-fry vegetables, meat, or tofu.

  • In soups: Chili oil can be added to soups, such as noodle soups or hot and sour soup, to add heat and flavour.

  • As a marinade: You can use chili oil as a marinade for meat or tofu. Simply mix it with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, and let the meat marinate for a few hours before cooking.

  • As a condiment: Chili oil can be used as a condiment for pizza, sandwiches, burgers, or anything else that could use a little heat.

  • As a topping: Chili oil can be sprinkled on top of noodles, rice dishes, or salads for added flavour.

  • Use it to flavour popcorn: Drizzle chili oil over popcorn for a spicy and satisfying snack.

  • Stir it into scrambled eggs: Add a few drops of chili oil to your scrambled eggs for a spicy breakfast.

  • Top off avocado toast: Drizzle chili oil over avocado toast for a spicy and flavourful twist.

  • Combine chili oil with soy sauce or vinegar for a spicy dipping sauce.

  • Mix it with mayo: Combine chili oil with mayonnaise or aioli for a spicy sandwich spread.

And then there are some really whacky ideas on what you can do with chili oil

  • Spicy margarita with chili oil as a star ingredient

  • Chili bloody Mary (say no more!)

  • Chili Mango Mojito

  • Chocolate chili truffles

  • Spicy fruit salad

  • Drizzled chili oil on your McDonalds soft serve

There you go, some great ideas for your next cooking adventure. What is your favourite way to have chili oil?

Btw if you are interested in any of the beverage recipes, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you!

Lulu x

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