Hot Chile Oil "China Moon"
Author: Kitchens
  • 2/3 Cup chile flakes, dried red, shockingly pungent
  • 1/3 Cup beans, black fermented Chinese; coarsely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 2 Tablespoons ginger, fresh minced
  • 2 1/3 Cups oil, corn or peanut
  • 1/3 Cup oil, sesame, Japanese
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy, non aluminum 2 to 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Rest a deep-fry thermometer on the rim of the pot. Over moderately low heat, bring the mixture to a bubbly 225 degrees to 250 degrees, stirring occasionally. Let simmer for 15 minutes, checking to ensure the temperature does not rise. Remove from the heat and let stand until cool or overnight.
  2. Scrape the oil and solids into an impeccably clean glass or plastic container. Store at room temperature.
  3. Use the oil wherever you want to light a spark. The "goop" that settles to the bottom is a wonderful spicy addition to sauces, noodles, fillings and marinades.
  4. The day I made my own hot chile oil, I swear I grew a foot as a cook!
  5. Not at all difficult and eminently satisfying, I recommend this recipe to any aspiring cook. Like grinding and brewing your own coffee after a lackluster life of instant, the sheer flavor and freshness of this chile oil will knock your socks off.
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