Monday, October 8, 2012

Vegan MoFo 6- What is Chilli oil? Chinese Vinegar?

What is Chilli oil? Chinese Vinegar?
Some of the yummy condiments you can find in the sauce isle of the Asian grocer! As you can see there's a lot to choose from but these two are the ones that get used the most in our house. This chilli oil is more than just an oil- it's got black beans and onion chunks in it and is utterly packed with flavour. 
It's ingredients are Vegetable oil, onion, black bean, salt, sugar, Chinese pepper 
(there are different types- make sure you look out for any animal products!) It's a really versatile and easy way to use chilli in your cooking.
Chinese vinegar or Chinkiang vinegar's ingredients are water, glutinous rice, wheat bran, salt, sugar. It's a sweet vinegar similar to balsamic but has a sharper flavour which is addictive. I may be a vinegar enthusiast and enjoy drinking apple cider vinegar straight but this stuff makes any recipe taste better. Now I know salt and sugar aren't things you really want filling a healthy diet but you use such small amounts of these condiments that I overlook it. I use these two in so many recipes but here are just a few to get you going.
I hope this gave you some insight into the sauce isle and you think twice before putting back a sauce you're not sure about. They're worth a try!
All the best,

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  1. I love my Asian Market for oils, sauces, etc. I'm going to try to find that vinegar, definitely, as I love vinegar, too. Lots of umami there!

  2. This is such a helpful post - I often hear these sauces talked about but don't necessarily know quite what each one is and what is in the ingredient list (I seem to spend my supermarket time pondering other aisles more than the sauce ones!). I am quite inspired to add these to my collection now.


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