This Fried Chili Paste is the perfect accompaniment to your noodles and rice dishes. It is a versatile condiment to have on hand.
Malaysian Chinese cuisine can be spicy and has quite a bit of chilies in it because of Malay and Indian influence. Many consider food to be lacking in “oomph” unless accompanied by some spicy dish or condiment. Chili sauce is used liberally as a dip in many dishes from fried chicken to keropok (fish or shrimp crackers). Even clear soupy noodles are served with the signature cut red chilies or chili padi (bird’s eye chili) in soy sauce. Yes, the Malaysian Chinese love their spicy food. It is no wonder that they have come up with all kinds of chili condiments to satisfy this spicy craving.
I will be sharing a few different types of chili condiments in the following days. First up is this versatile Fried Chili Paste which uses only a few ingredients and is easy to prepare. It is a great accompaniment to rice and noodle dishes and is an essential finishing touch for Curry Laksa (Curry Mee) and Hokkien Hae Mee (Prawn Noodles). This condiment not only provides additional flavor but also gives these dishes a rich and appetizing color.
Do check out my Spicy Fried Rice cooked with a tablespoon of this condiment. You can add more if you like it spicier.
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Fried Chili Paste
- 10 dried red chilies
- 3 red chilies (seeded and cut into pieces)
- 5 shallots (peeled)
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil (80ml)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- Break dried chilies in half and squeeze out the seeds. Soak in hot water for 30 minutes to soften. Drain.
- Blend dried chilies, red chilies, and shallots with ¼ cup (60ml) water until smooth.
- Heat vegetable oil in a medium size saucepan over low heat. Add blended chili paste, salt, and sugar. Stir continuously until chili paste darkens and oil separates. This will take about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Remove and place in a jar.
Storage and Shelf Life
You can keep this chili paste in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Make a double or triple batch to freeze up to two months. It is a versatile and handy condiment to have on hand. Do give it a try.