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. Spicy Chili Crisp is the classic, full of crispy onions, chilies and Sichuan pepper bits. It's used mostly as a condiment or ingredient in Sichuan cold sauces. (Because of the high ratio of flakes to oil, this is not a substitution for chili oil in recipes, but used in addition to. For a chili oil with a higher oil ratio try this Szechuan Chili Oil.)
It is quite spicy—but not so spicy that you can't eat it in abundance, as many devotees do. Go here to learn much more about the cult of Lao Gan Ma.
Producer: Guiyang Nanming Laoganma Special Flavor Foodstuffs Co., Guiyang, Guizhou Province
Size: 210 grams (7.4 ounces)
Ingredients: soybean oil, chili, onion, soybeans, monosodium glutamate, Sichuan pepper powder, sugar, salt, sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite