Friday, August 22, 2014
Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油)
Taberu Rayu, on the other hand, starts with that same hot chili oil base, but it has crunchy bits in it. Minced fried garlic, fried onion bits, sesame seeds, even bits of almonds are included for a chunky crunchy condiment that can be spooned or mixed into just about anything. On top of ramen, spooned on a bowl of plain rice, even outlandish ideas like putting it on ice cream have surfaced in Japan.
Mos Burger, a Japanese fast-food chain of burgers, even featured a taberu rayu burger as a special item as seen in the advertisement above. It looks so tasty I might need to recreate it for this blog!
This addictive condiment is available in any Japanese grocery store like Mitsuwa or Marukai, but you can also make it at home. Here's a version by Shizuoka Gourmet that also has dried shrimp in it.
Some quick ideas for using Taberu Rayu: Spooned onto rice, a heaping spoonful into instant ramen, mixed into an omelet, even drizzled on pizza!
Recipes that feature Taberu Rayu (食べるラー油):
Taberu Rayu Cucumbers (きゅうりの食べるラー油)
Taberu Rayu English Muffins