Japanese Gastronomy: Taberu Rayu/Okinawa Chili Oil. Home-made Recipe!

Chili oil (also called hot chili oil or hot oil) is a condiment made from vegetable oil that has been infused with dried chili peppers and sometimes also additional ingredients. It is commonly used in Chinese cuisine, East and Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Particularly popular in Sichuan cuisine, it is used as an ingredient in cooked dishes as well as a condiment. It is sometimes used as a dipping sauce for meat and dim sum. It is also employed in the Korean Chinese noodle soup dish jjamppong.

The Japanese variety of Chinese chili oil is known as rāyu (ラー油 or 辣油), used in Japan as a cooking ingredient or as a condiment. The default kind is typically a clear, chili-infused sesame oil, and the chopped chili pepper used is typically red, imparting a reddish tint to the oil. Other ingredients used may include soy oil, corn oil, dried aloe, ginger, guava leaves, leek leaves, paprika, and turmeric.

Beginning in 2009, a new type of product originating from Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, known as taberu rāyu (食べるラー油 or 辣油, literally, “rāyu for eating”) became a trend in 2010. This variety is known for reduced spiciness, and in addition to the usual oil, chunks of food are included such as fried garlic and fried onion. However, the variety that includes food in the chili oil, as noted above, has existed in China since ancient times.

Here is a recipe to prepare it at home!

INGREDIENTS:

-Salad oil: 100 ml
Sesame oil: 50 ml
-Dried chili pepper: 1
-Fresh ginger: as appropriate (pieces)
-Fresh thin leek: 1 10-cm long piece
Dried shrimps: 10 g
-White sesame seeds: 10 g
-Korean chili powder (or chili powder): 15 g
-Gochujang: 20 g (See recipe for gochujang here)
-Soy sauce: 2 teaspoons
-Sugar: 1 teaspoon
-Fried garlic: 10 g
Fried onion: 10 g

RECIPE:

in a large bowl drop dried shrimps (chop them beforehand), chili powder, sesame oil (1 tablespoon out of the 50 ml needed) and white sesame seeds.
Mix well.

In a fry pan, pour the salad oil, the remaining sesame oil, and add the dried chili pepper, thin leek (cut) and ginger.
Fry over a light fire for 2 minutes to perfume the oil.

Take chili pepper, leek and ginger out before they get burned.
Heat the oil over a strong fire until its starts smoking.
Take off fire at once.

Add hot oil in two or three steps into the bowl containing mixed shrimps, chili powder, seasmes seeds and sesame oil.
The whole should hiss when you add the oil!

Add all the other remaining ingredients and mix well.

Once cooled down you can preserve it in a sealed jar for up to a month at room temperature.

Note: If you cannot find dried garlic or onion cut some in slices and dry-fry them!

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14 thoughts on “Japanese Gastronomy: Taberu Rayu/Okinawa Chili Oil. Home-made Recipe!”

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  2. Dear, Robert-Gilles, the sauce is extraordinary!!! I have just finished making it (you will see it on my blog in one of the future posts). The process was incredibly easy and quick. I have maybe exaggerated with sesame seeds (I’m addicted), but for me there is never too much of sesame seeds! The taste is so similar to the taberu rayu I buy at almost 10 USD a small jar… but it tastes more natural (no taste enhancers or preservatives) and better because I made it really hot, the way we love chili oil! Thank you with all my heart for your precious help and kindness! My husband asked me to thank you on his behalf too. He is at least as crazy about this sauce as me 😉

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    1. Dear Sissi!
      Thank you very much for the praise and hubby’s!
      I’m so happy to have pleased you!
      The old dragon is blushing under his scales!
      Do notify me me when your next blog is online!
      Best regards,
      Robert-Gilles

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  3. Mille merci, Robert-Gilles!
    I don’t know how to thank you! You are a real magician! I have no idea how you have found it and especially so quickly! I cannot wait to prepare it. Actually I will make it today. I have all the ingredients, I only must deep-fry garlic!
    Thank you so much again, I am very grateful for your help,
    Sissi

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