If you've tasted Lao Gan Ma chili oils, then you're already a fan of "The Godmother" because there is no way to resist her charms. If you haven't, then let's just say these are China's—and possibly the world's—tastiest chili oils. Proving that The Godmother can do no wrong, LGM also makes a preserved vegetable condiment, xiang la cai, made of cabbage, chili peppers and spices that is equally addictive. You can put this pickle on rice, congee, noodles, fried rice—anything that could use a little flavor boost. Like the oils, it is quite spicy—but not so spicy that you can't eat it in abundance. Go here to learn much more about Lao Gan Ma.
Producer: Guiyang Nanming Laoganma Special Flavor Foodstuffs Co., Guiyang, Guizhou Province
Size: 188 grams (6.6 ounces)
Ingredients: Chinese cabbage, chili, salt, Sichuan pepper powder, bay leaf, fennel, monosodium glutamate, sulfite