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Ma La Oil

Total time 30 mins
Yield about 1 cup
This spicy Sichuan condiment is the secret to Andrew Zimmern's Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles recipe.


  • 3/4 cup roasted peanut oil, (See note)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1/2 (small) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (small) shallot, minced
  • 1 clove (small) garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup dried hot Chinese chiles
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

How to Make It

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the oil over low heat to 175°. Add the ginger, star anise, cinnamon, shallot, garlic, Sichuan peppercorns and chiles and cook over moderately low heat until the oil reaches 225°. Simmer at 225° for 5 minutes, then transfer to a heatproof jar and let cool. Stir in the sesame oil.

Cook's Notes

Roasted peanut oil, as opposed to neutral peanut oil, smells richly nutty. Boyajin’s Fragrant Peanut Oil is available at specialty markets and from