Monday, August 16, 2010

Spicy Chilli Sauce



There I was, slouched languorously on a comfy armchair, and feeling listless at a children's (birthday) party. The other adults were either eating or engaged in chatter, but I was in the mood for neither. I think I had overeaten. So I picked up the folded stack of newspapers - untidy and ruffled - and gingerly flipped through its limp pages.

Not surprisingly, I paused when I came to the food section and zoomed in on the featured recipe - Roast Pork. But it was not the meat that I lusted after ... it was the sauce. The scarlet dipping sauce made me weak in the knees with its beckoning hue of red.

Quick as a wink, I grabbed a pen and scribbled down the ingredients and recipe on a scrap of paper, then slipped it into my handbag. I was going to make this sauce the moment I got home! My initial ennui evaporated instantly, and when the cheesy magic show began, I found myself laughing along with the children.



Recipe

(from The Straits Times, 6 June 2010)
Basic chilli sauce
- 10 fresh chillies
- 2 chilli padi aka bird's eye chilli (optional, if you want it really spicy)
- 2cm piece ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 60ml rice vinegar (I used 30ml rice vinegar + 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice)
Blend everything in a food processor till fine. Feel free to adjust the proportions of the ingredients according to your taste.

To make the dipping sauce for roast pork, add these to the above:
- 1 cube nan ru (南乳), aka red fermented beancurd (I added 2! Why not? It makes the sauce creamier!)
- 2 tsp preserving liquid from the nan ru (南乳)
- 2 tsp sugar
- Juice from 4 small calamansi (I omitted)
- 2 tsp mirin
- 2 tsp soy
- 2 tsp sesame oil

32 comments:

  1. JU!!!!!!!!! you wont believe this but Imade exactly this chilli sauce yesterday n fotographed them! O MY GOD> lol what is it with you n me? we always seem to be making the same thing... I was startled when I read you thumbnail on my blog a second ago n I rushed here to make sure Iwasnt dreaming...LOOOOOOOL

    this is too funny. il be posting in a couple of days.hehe

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  2. Really???? Oh my. If only we were neighbours, Zurin. Since we are always making the same dishes, we could split the job ... today you cook, tomorrow I cook. LOL!!!

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  3. Aaah I love the colour of the chilli! Wish I could steal that bottle :) But how funny that a chilli recipe perked you up!

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  4. Hi Ju, how long can this sauce last for? Thanks! I never knew that we can add nan ru into the chilli sauce.

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  5. homeladychef: About 2 months? Maybe 3? The vinegar and the mirin act as natural preservatives. But you better don't eat any chilli for now, with your sore throat! ;)

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  6. Ju, I love this chili sauce, never think nan ru can be added into chili sauce, i just know to use nan ru to marinate meat. Ya, I also like you, whenever I saw a interesting recipe, I will immediate note it, if I have no pen, I will try to memorise it...Happy cooking!!

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  7. Sonia, nan ru makes a big difference! You should try it. :) My grandma always adds nan ru to her chilli sauces, and it's just sedap!

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  8. I love chilli sauce too but nvr make it myself

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  9. never knew can use nan ru for chilli sauce to make it creamier. now I know the secret hehe

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  10. Ok. I am making these as christmas presents!!

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  11. oooh - this looks good and I bet it packs a real punch of heat.

    I recognise everything apart from the bean curd. I'll need to see if I can find some int the UK aas I think this needs to go on my "need to make" list !

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  12. Isn't it funny how food and cooking can cheer us up just like that? The sauce looks fabulous. I can't get nan ru here I don't think. I'll have to look!

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  13. I still have a jar of extra spicy chili sauce from the Big Bird? restaurant in Singapore. Are you familiar with that place? As soon as i'm done with it i'm making yours. It looks incredible. :)

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  14. What a wonderful post! I just started following you-i have a blog too but i like yours a whole lot more! thanks for the wonderful recipes and charming writing style!

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  15. Wow... looks really spicy.. how long do you think I can keep this in the fridge?

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  16. Now which is better? Pictures or the sauce...I mean...wow..the pictures are almost edible! You have captured the soul of the sauce!

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  17. Hi Ju, the chilli looks great...sorry I am going to ask a stupid question- what is nan ru?

    thanks!
    emily

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  18. Love the sound of nan yu in the chili sauce! This will go so well with fried chicken and yes pork belly :)

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  19. Ju! Aren't bloggers like that - always overeating and feeling lethargic afterwards! Well, at least I am like that... but how lucky you were to have found that recipe! It looks delicious - I can imagine having it with some fish or pork... yum

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  20. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I've looking for this so long!

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  21. Ju, I read this on ST too but I was tempted by the roasted pork and neglected the chili sauce. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. While everyone's enthralled by your chilli sauce;-- which is most definitely up my alley, believe you me;-- I'm in love with that jar! Haha, I just love containers, and I think yours look really cute :P

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  23. Is this anything like chicken rice's chili sauce? Looks very similar!

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  24. woo..spicy..i prefer moderate.

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  25. Hi everyone!

    zenchef: Zen, yes I know that place ;) Hope you make this sauce some day ...

    Fritos and Foie Gras: Why thank you! Hope you stick around. :)

    mycookinghut: 3 months? Maybe?

    Angie's Recipes: Thanks!

    Anonymous: Emily, click on the link I provided in my post.

    ovenhaven: Dearie, that's the jar which the nan ru came in! I keep these condiment/jam bottles and recycle!

    maameemoomoo: Yes, quite similar, but chicken rice chilli includes oil from the chicken. Animal fat alert! ;)

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  26. Bookmarked! I love the sound of that roast pork dipping sauce!

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  27. I just love chili sauces... thanks for a new addition to my files! I crave chili the way some people do chocolate... I think it has something to do with low blood pressure... this one is delicious. Thanks! I can see why Zurin would be on the same wavelength!

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  28. Not only have you improved in your photography and presentation, but also in your writing. What a lovely anecdote! This sauce looks lovely.

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  29. Wow - I can see why it captivated you. It sounds so good!

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  30. Hello Ju!!

    Thanks so much for this spicy chili sauce,..It is just what I needed!!

    I have home grown red chili peppers & didn't know what to do to them. this chili sauce is great for keeping their lovely flavours!

    MMMMMMMM,...!!!

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  31. Haha, there is nothing like finding something you can't wait to make to pull you right out of the doldrums! This chili sauce certainly looks invigorating and delicious!

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