Okazu Rayu: Popular Taberu Rayu Chili Oil from S&B
Have you ever heard of “Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油)”, a Japanese chili oil meant for eating?
It is a versatile condiment that was popularized in 2009 by the product from Momoya “Karasode Karakunai Sukoshi Karai Rayu (辛そうで辛くない少し辛いラー油)“.
Today, Taberu Rayu comes in many varieties and variants, and what I introduce here S&B “Okazu Rayu (おかずラー油)” is also among them.
S&B Okazu Rayu
S&B Okazu Rayu was introduced in 2010 and now has become a standard Taberu Rayu chili oil in Japan.
While “Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油)” means “chili oil meant for eating”, the meaning of “Okazu Rayu (おかずラー油)” is “side dish chili oil”.
As Taberu Rayu and Okazu Rayu both primarily contain crunchy fried garlic bits for body and savory taste, they are essentially the same things.
Regular La-Yu chili oil only consists of a liquid. But this Okazu Rayu from S&B has little chili oil because the foods contained in it have soaked up the liquid.
They are a little spicy and very savory with a nice crunch.
Specifically, according to the ingredient list on the side of the jar, S&B Okazu Rayu mainly consists of corn oil, red chili pepper, fried garlic, sesame oil, onion powder, salt, sugar, powdered soy sauce, Lajiang, fried onion, almond, ground sesame seeds, and amino acid seasoning.
Okazu Rayu pairs well with a variety of foods and dishes. I love eating it simply with a warm bowl of white rice.
But if I give some examples, the Japanese chili oil works well with foods ranging from natto and tofu to ramen and Gyoza potstickers to pasta dishes.
So with this condiment, in many cases, you can easily deepen the taste of dishes and give boring foods a delicious savory touch.
Lastly, for those who want to know the nutrition facts, here is the label.
According to that, the S&B Okazu Rayu chili oil has 668 kcal per 100 grams and contains 5.6 g of salt equivalents.