In one of my visits to Salcedo Market, I got this chili flakes from Spices ‘N Flavors. I decided to make chili garlic sauce from it because I’ve been into making dumplings lately. It’s also my way of testing the merchandise.
Unfortunately, this product failed to deliver in my opinion. The chili flakes aren’t spicy. I wondered if they’re made from chilies at all! I was hoping this would be the star of my chili garlic sauce but I was forced to add more bird’s eye chilies (siling labuyo) to arrive at the spiciness that I want. Nevertheless, I was happy that I was able to make my very own chili garlic sauce at home.
Here’s the recipe —
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 4 cloves chopped garlic
- 2 tsp. chili flakes
- 2 pcs. bird’s eye chili (you can add any chili you want as long as it suits your desired spiciness)
Mix the chopped garlic, chili flakes and bird’s eye chilies in a small bowl.
Add the olive oil. Mix the ingredients together and let stand for about 3 minutes.
Heat up a pan and pour the mixture into it. Continue stirring until the garlic turns brown and the chilies are wilted.
In a few minutes, you’ll have this gorgeous looking homemade chili garlic sauce that’s a perfect dip for your steamed dumplings!
In my case, I cooked up some deep-fried chicken dumplings with sweet and sour sauce and served them with my homemade chili garlic sauce on the side.
The chili garlic sauce is sooooo goooodd I just have to yell… more Chinese incoming!!! 😛