What is Chili Paste?
Chili paste is made from ground chilies, oil and salt. Some are made with vinegar and many brands add garlic, sesame and additional seasonings. Chili paste is thicker and coarser than hot sauce and is often mixed with bits of chili and hot pepper seeds. The color of this paste is red and has a flavor that is spicy, salty and strong; a little goes a long way and pairs wonderfully in many East Asian dishes.