Monday, April 14, 2008

some like it hot

china moon hot chile oil

the good thing about cleaning & organizing is that you find your secret stash of the hot chile oil that you bottled up. you would have thought that i had found diamonds. this stuff is so freaking delicious that i had to write down 'take a trip to the oriental market' for more fermented black beans.

da shiznit
this recipe is from barbara tropp's china moon cookbook. if you get your paws on it at a bookstore, thriftstore or wherevah, take the book home. it is wonderful. this chile oil is my favorite recipe. we drizzle it on rice and sprinkle with sea salt. it adds a depth of flavor to sauces and dishes, too. i double the garlic on the recipe since we prefer it more garlicky. (okay, i double the double. you can't mess the garlic ratio up.)

hot chile oil

2/3 c chile flakes, dried red
2 tb ginger, fresh minced
1/3 c fermented black beans
2 1/3 c corn or peanut oil (i prefer peanut)
4 lg garlic cloves
1/3 c sesame oil

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. scrape the oil and solids into an impeccably clean glass or plastic container. store at room temperature. 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.


nikkipolani said...

Yow, that sounds like hot stuff!

Alison Gibbs said...

Mmmm yummy

fiwa said...

Clarke would love that. Maybe I'll make him some this weekend, if i'm feeling nice.

Thanks for that cookbook recommendation!


Andie-The Brown Bee said...

It looks deceptively innocuous! I'll try it, but only if I can reduce the "BAM" to a little "pop" to go with the extra vampire repellant.....=0] Can't have my sassy food oneuppin' my sassy mouth! lmao

diane said...

Thanks you so much for this recipe. I always ask for the hot chile oil whenever I eat wonton soup or any chinese food. We love it HOT too! I will print this one out to try~

A bird in the hand said...

I'm back home and all caught up with you. However...I am so hungry now, you have no idea. Gimme some of that!! xox

bonnie said...

Your photos are simply beautiful. Love the cilantro leaf.