Professional-Tasting Homemade "Edible" Ra-yu

Professional-Tasting Homemade "Edible" Ra-yu

This is a delicious chunky edible ra-yu - spicy sesame chili sauce with bits of onion, garlic, leek and ginger. You can really make it easily at home, and it's quite addictive! My family gives it rave reviews, and says it's better than the store-bought variety.


Garlic (finely chopped)
1 large whole head of garlic
Japanese leek (finely chopped)
2 stalks
Ginger (finely chopped)
1 thumbtip's worth (a generous amount is ok)
Red chili peppers, finely chopped
1 to 3 (to taste)
Vegetable oil
100 ml
Sesame oil (to be used later)
100 ml
★ Doubanjiang + soy sauce + sugar + salt
1 teaspoon each (adjust to taste)
★White sesame seeds
1 tablespoon (to taste)
★ Fried Onion (See Recipe ID: 1135523)
A bit less than 1 onion (the more the better)


1. Chop up all the vegetables. Use the green parts of the leek too. If you add too much red chili pepper it will be too spicy so be careful.
2. Add all the chopped up vegetables to the vegetable oil and fry slowly over medium heat. When it starts to change color, raise the heat to high to crisp it all up, then turn off the heat.
3. It will continue cooking in residual heat, so turn it off just before you think it's done.
4. Add the sesame oil as soon as you turn off the heat.
5. Add the ★ ingredients to finish. If the oil is still hot, be careful. It works best if you have the ★ combined before you add them to the oil.
6. You can keep this in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks. Sterilize the storage container with boiling water before putting the oil in it.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a homemade spicy chili sesame oil with chunky bits of onion, garlic, leek and ginger I've adapted it so that it's easy to eat for children or elderly people.