Sichuan chili oil
This recipe together with all of the photographs, is taken directly from Robin's cookery blog: Kok Robin To quote Robin: "The combination of chillies and sichuan peppercorns is just divine. And so typical of sichuan cuisine. I used to live in Beijing for 2.5 years. In this time I absolutely fell in love with Chinese cuisine, but sichuan cuisine in particular. And the sichuan peppercorn is largely responsible for that. I just love the tingly, numbing, citrusy, sharp taste. So I was delighted to discover this home-made chili oil. To me, its simply Sichuan in a Bottle."
- 6 tablespoons sichuan peppercorns (pictured)
- 8 tablespoons chili flakes (ready bought or chop some dried chillies yourself)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 360 ml peanut oil
- Put everything except the oil in a heat proof container.
- Heat oil between 107 to 122.5 degrees Celsius and pour over the other ingredients. Be careful because it will sizzle. (Or actually, when you have a thermometer, like I do, you will notice it wont sizzle at all. If you dont, then yes, be careful)
- Leave to cool down. After the flavours have blended for a day you can sieve the oil, if you wish.
- Store in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
Funny thing is that with my version it always “sets”.
When I take it out of the fridge it will become nice and translucent again, but cold it looks like this.
I’m quite sure it doesn’t make any difference to the taste, but if anybody knows why this happens, please tell me! (*edit* It’s the type of oil)