The Chili Crisp Vianai Austin Keeps in Her Purse

Welcome to Mythical Kitchen Picks, the series in which the culinary experts from Mythical Kitchen tell you all about their favorite foods and ingredients. Last week, Lily Cousins revealed the freezer staple that keeps her nightly noodles delicious. Today, Vianai Austin reveals the spicy condiment that she loves so much, she keeps a jar in her purse at all times. Read on to find out how you can accessorize with flavorings just like Vi.

Vi’s Pick: Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp Hot Sauce

vi's favorite chili crisp
Credit: Liv Averett / Mythical Kitchen / World Market

I don’t know what it is, but me and chili crisp understand each other. We bond together like toes and toe jam. For someone whose heat and hot sauce tolerance currently stands very low, I can’t get enough of it. I first discovered this glorious condiment while eating dumplings. My dumpling experience isn’t complete without it. Once in a while, my sister and I like to adventure over to the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles, home to many dumpling houses, where we shamelessly stuff our faces. Before even gazing upon the menu, I check the table for one, soy sauce, and two, chili oil. And it 100% has to be the right one. If it doesn’t have crispy bits, I don’t want it. Since I’ve had so much trouble finding the correct one, I decided to stash my favorite jar in my purse. Might as well be prepared for anything! Fly by Jing has been my favorite brand so far. It’s not overpowered by crispy bits, and it has just the right amount of oil. It gives me the feel good butterflies in my tummy that I deserve. Oh yeah, and fry your eggs in it, dammit! 

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  • I used to carry Lan Chi Chili Paste w/garlic like this, until the company stopped making it. Heartbreaking 💔