Hot Chilli Oil
85g / 3oz hot red chilli flakes
85g / 3oz fermented black beans, found in Chinese Supermarkets
1/2 tsp onion powder
6 cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
2 tsp sesame seeds
850ml / 1 1/2 pints groundnut oil
1. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan. Over a low heat, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Pour the oil and “gloop” into sterilised jars. Store in a dark place.
3. This oil will keep for a couple of months.