Chinese Hot Oil (La yu)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by tgobbi

A spicy Chinese condiment that can also be used in cooking to add heat to spicy dishes.

Top Review by grapefruit

i make this too - and keep it on hand to add to anything that needs spicing up. thanks for the inspiration tgobbi.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 teaspoons dried chili flakes (, the same kind you put on pizza)
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan until it's just hot enough so that the chile flakes sizzle like crazy when you add them- but not so hot that they burn.
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Stir the flakes into the oil.
  4. Let cool.
  5. You can strain the oil or leave the flakes in it.

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