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Making your own Lao Gan Ma

Bagle Dec 26, 2011 01:01 PM

I have a negative reaction to the preservative in Lao gan ma, I can't purchase it any more
I have tried without success to create my own lao gan ma. Has anyone had better luck?
The flavor of choice for me is
(Apparently it is called Oil Chili)

  1. sweetie Dec 30, 2011 08:07 PM

    Perhaps you could try toasting the peanuts/sichuan pepper. While I am sure that the MSG enhances the commercial product, I think toasting could bring out some of the flavours you maybe missing. Also many chinese style chili oil uses dried chilies.

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    1. re: sweetie
      Bagle Jan 1, 2012 04:09 PM

      Thank you. I will try this.

    2. Chemicalkinetics Dec 29, 2011 03:36 PM

      Not to be spoiler, but how do you know you have negative reaction to the preservative in Lao Gan Ma? Specially it mentioned it has no additional preservative.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        Bagle Dec 29, 2011 04:58 PM

        I may have been a bit inaccurate, when I was writing the post, I couldn't remember what I had a problem with. it's MSG.

        1. re: Bagle
          Chemicalkinetics Dec 29, 2011 05:02 PM

          " it's MSG"

          You mean that you figure out it is the MSG which you have reaction to?

          The reason I asked is that I know friends of mine have started to have bad reactions to certain foods as they age. Some people used to able to eat spicy food, start to have reactions. I am just wondering may be you body just could not handle the chili anymore. Just a thought.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
            Bagle Dec 30, 2011 10:50 AM

            I have chili things all the times. Right now, I am moving through hot chili oil, green chili chutney, mango chili chutney, the list goes on.
            Also, I am quite young so I ought not to be having those problems

          2. re: Bagle
            chefj Dec 29, 2011 06:52 PM

            but it does not list MSG as an Ingredient?

            1. re: chefj
              Chemicalkinetics Dec 29, 2011 06:54 PM

              Last time I read the bottle (I don't own one, but I have read it in the stores), I don't recall any MSG listed.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                Bagle Dec 30, 2011 10:45 AM

                I get it at Ranch 99 and last I checked, it did.

                1. re: Bagle
                  Chemicalkinetics Dec 30, 2011 10:55 AM

                  Oh really. You know what.... It is possible. Come to think of it, I did check "Lao Gan Ma", but not this particular chili. It could have been a different one. (There are more than one favor).

              2. re: chefj
                racer x Dec 30, 2011 01:24 PM


                1. re: racer x
                  joonjoon Dec 30, 2011 02:23 PM

                  I thought so...no way chili oil can be that delicious without some help from msg.

                  1. re: racer x
                    Chemicalkinetics Dec 30, 2011 04:32 PM

                    Yep, I also came back from a Korean supermarket and took a closer look at the ingredient list. I saw the same thing.

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              joonjoon Dec 27, 2011 10:42 PM

              Looking at the ingredient list: chilli、vegetable oil、peanuts、 sesame、salt

              I find it hard to believe that's all that's in a jar of LGM...there's like this deep earthy flavor that no other chili oil seems to have. Plus there's no mention of preservatives. Just curious...did you use all those ingredients when you tried making your own? What was it like? Maybe they use a special chili that gives it the characteristic flavor.

              I would be very sad if I couldn't consume LGM any more...best chili oil condiment ever.

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              1. re: joonjoon
                Bagle Dec 29, 2011 02:35 PM

                No. I started with oil and chili and have been working up from there but so far, no matter what I use, it doesn't taste the same. I am at this point thinking of buying some, spreading it out on a table and then separating the ingredients to see how much of each thing they use.

                1. re: Bagle
                  joonjoon Dec 30, 2011 09:05 AM

                  Either way it's a shame you can't have it any more...I love just spreading this on fresh rice and going to town.

                  1. re: joonjoon
                    Bagle Jan 1, 2012 04:08 PM

                    I am making myself sad by saying this but.. have you tried Lao Gan Ma and feta cheese?

              2. r
                racer x Dec 26, 2011 02:10 PM


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