S&B Okazu Rayu: Chili Oil with Crunchy Fried Garlic
Have you ever heard of “Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油)”, a Japanese chili oil meant for eating? It is a kind of versatile condiment that was popularized in 2009 by the product from Momoya “Karaso De Karakunai Sukoshi Karai Rayu (辛そうで辛くない少し辛いラー油)“.
Today, Taberu Rayu comes in several variants, and what I introduce here S&B “Okazu Rayu (おかずラー油)” is also a popular kind of Taberu Rayu product.
S&B Okazu Rayu Taberu Rayu
S&B Okazu Rayu was first introduced in 2010 and now has become a standard Taberu Rayu chili oil in Japan. “Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油)” literally means “chili oil meant for eating”, while the meaning of “Okazu Rayu (おかずラー油)” is “side dish chili oil”.
They both primarily contains crunchy fried garlic bits for body and savory taste, so Okazu Rayu and Taberu Rayu are essentially the same things.
While normal Rayu chili oil only consists of a liquid, the Okazu Rayu from S&B has little chili oil, for the ingredients including garlic bits have soaked up the liquid. They are a little bit spicy and very savory with a nice crunchy bite to them.
Specifically, according to the ingredient list on the side of the jar, the S&B Okazu Rayu chili oil 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 seasonings (including amino acids).
As I mentioned above, the Taberu Rayu, S&B Okazu Rayu pairs well with a variety of foods and dishes. As for me, I simply love eating it with hot plain rice, but if I show you some examples, the Japanese chili oil with crunchy fried garlic works well with foods ranging from natto and cold tofu to ramen and Gyoza potstickers to pasta dishes.
So with this Japanese condiment, in many cases, you can easily deepen the taste of food and give boring dishes a delicious savory touch.
Lastly, for those of you 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.