The rich condiments used in Chinese cooking play a major role in enhancing the taste of the dish.
Sesame oil: used to have a medicinal purpose once before it became an essential part of Asian cooking. Sesame oil has a fragrant flavor, however it has a high smoke point which means it burns easily so use it during the last stages of cooking, or as marinade, sauces or dips.
Chilli oil: this fiery pepper infused oil is a famous Chinese condiment, frequently used in cooking various dishes in Chinese cuisine, and east, southeast Asia as well. It is dotted with vibrant red chilli flakes and is easily available to buy in stores. However, our recommendation is MamaLan’s homemade Chilli Oil that has a unique sweetness and fragrance to it. This is a sauce you must always have in your pantry; you can buy it from Amazon.
Rice Wine: is an essential ingredient in Chinese and oriental cuisines, it is used as a marinade for fish and meat, the alcohol content is comparatively low so it can be used in hot dishes and stir fries to heighten the flavours.
Chili Garlic Sauce: is made with chilli pepper, garlic, rice vinegar, and salt. It can be used as a dipping sauce, and can be stored it in your fridge to be used for months. MamaLan’s Pineapple Sriracha is very versatile, it can be used in recipes, in cooking, in marinades and makes the best Sriracha fried chicken.
Potassium Carbonate: has plenty of uses in Chinese cooking, it’s used to make alkaline noodles, fried crullers and rice dumplings. This alkaline ingredient is easily available to buy in Asian grocery stores.
Thai Curry Paste: consists of chilli peppers, garlic, sea salt, lemongrass, turmeric and shrimp paste. It has ample flavors and can be used in multiple ways. You can make some great red curry Thai noodles with this paste too.
Sesame paste: has a rich flavor, the paste is made from toasted sesame seeds. This sauce can be used in cold noodle dishes or as a dipping sauce. Sesame Miso sauce is available to buy at MamaLan, although the taste is varying, it has the perfect balance of tangy and creaminess. You can drizzle this sauce over salads, use it in cooking and marinades. You can buy all of MamaLan’s sauces on Amazon.