Wendyl Wants to Know: Laoganma Chilli in Oil

Long Lunch 25/06/2018
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Wendyl Wants to Know by Wendyl Nissen - Laoganma Chilli in Oil. $3.59 for 275g.

I thought I’d let you in on one of my best finds in the supermarket. It’s tasty, it’s cheap and it only has one ingredient some of you may want to avoid. Most Countdown supermarkets stock it.

Ingredients ( in order of greatest quantity first):

Soybean oil
This is marketed as an oil, but it’s more a sludge of chillies and peanuts with some oil on top. Soybean oil is extracted for soybeans and is full of healthy fats

Chilli (23%)
Most of this jar is chock full of chillis. Yet the taste is quite mild.

Peanut
You can clearly see whole peanuts throughout this mix and they had a lovely roasted flavour to the sauce.

Bean paste
This will be soybean paste which is in here as a thickener but also a flavour.

Flavour enhancer (621)
Yes this is MSG which many people avoid as they can get burning sensations, numbness, chest pain, headache, nausea and asthma. So if you are one of those you won’t want to eat this.

Salt
This is a high salt produce at 713mg sodium per 27.5g serving.

Sugar
A very tiny bit of sugar in here at 0.5g per 27.5g serve. It will be in here for flavour.

My recommendations:
This is delicious stirred through rice for lunch, as a marinade for prawns or chicken or simply serve in a bowl to dip corn chips in – one of my favourite uses.

MSG is a concern for those who have an allergy to it, however.

Highlights:
All natural ingredients.
Does use MSG.
More a paste than a sauce.

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