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Friday, 03 March 2023


Kathy Q

I buy S & B Umami Topping crunchy garlic w/ chili oil from Mitsuwa or Cost Plus World Market. It’s labeled mild, and it is. Didn’t care for Trader Joe’s version. Tasted “Italian” to me. I’ll check out Fly by Jing for more spice!


Hi Kirk,
Great topic! My favorite is the Taiwan (Master Sauce Co) Black Bean Crisp Chili Oil from Zion Market (ingredients are soybeans oil, chili, black bean, sesame, sugar)
I used to get the Yank Sing sauce from San Francisco but that city has become not too great to visit so we ran out a while ago and haven't gone back.
Also, my son's Vietnamese finance's mother makes us a homemade special jar of chilis with garlic and other goodies.
BTW, we did try the new Vietnamese restaurant in Tierrasanta and it was good but it might be like you say "not to offend" somewhat toned down.


don don surprise is the don quijote private brand, haven’t tried it because it only comes in that big jar


Good to know about Fly by Jing. We saw it at Costco the other day, but passed it up. Will get some next Costco run. Costco has recently had interesting ethnic/Asian selections (at least the Poway Costco has). Love it!


I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy, so I use a very small amount of chili crisp. I've been using the TJ version (purchased by a houseguest) and have the Fly by Jing (not yet opened). You are so lucky to get a homemade version.


I actually have the S&B Rayu and use it every so often KathyQ! Will look out for the Umami Topping! And your description for the TJ product is right on point!

We used to like the Yank Sing Chili XO sauce Laurie. Thanks for the update on "Mom's Pho" will try to get out there when I have time.

Makes sense Kat! Though they really sold out of it quickly and haven't seen it back in stock.

Hi Julie - Yes, Costco seems to be carrying a lot of Asian products. Recently bought Taiwanese Pineapple Cake because the Missus was missing it.

Our neighbor is wonderful Sandy. Been trading food and stuffs. Let me know what you think of the Fly by Jing when you try it!

Derek R

I like the Momofuku chili oil (they carry it at Target now), but I honestly haven't found any that I love (after trying 8+) and prefer to make it at home.


I have a pantry full of various chili crisp gifts but lan gao ma is still my favorite although I like fly by jing also. Dave Chang’s momofuku is good if you want one with no msg.


What? No Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp?! I live on that stuff -- the BIG jars from 99 Ranch.


I make regular chili oil at home, but found making Chili Crisps to be a PIA Derek.

I think the Fly by Jing has more complexity RD. I would have gotten Lan Gao Ma, but they were out the last time I went to 99 Ranch.

99 Ranch was out of Lao Gan Ma the last two times I went Peter.


Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp is $5 and is the best and most Asian markets have them.


Yeah unfortunately my 99 Ranch Market were out of it CeeLa. BTW, have you tried any of these????

Tom Tomai

try this. the standard chili crunch is the best


Hi Tom - Yes, I'm going to do a follow-up post to this which includes the Momofuku and Lao Gan Ma chili crisps.


Agreed, Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili crisp is the best. I get it at H Mart!

E Kwong

Anyone wanna post their recipes? I’d like to try making my own… even tho I like Lao Gan Ma as well as Jing Jing sauce!


The don don surprise is just great, brought a jar back from Japan but struggling to find it anywhere! Does anyone know where you can buy online?

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