If you ever go to an Asian foods store, of course you do this is TL we are talking about, you might have seen this. But of course you might be scared to buy it or try it out but have no fear THIS STUFF IS GOOD!
This chilli sauce is not that spicy but it certainly adds a lot of flavor to dishes. It goes literally with everything, ramen, dumplings, noodles, rice dishes, and tons of other stuff. The main flavor they make is spicy black bean sauce, and in my opinion that flavor taste the best. There are also other flavors you can try, but beware to my knowledge there is one type that has peanuts in it. Watch out for that if you have or you know people with allergies. It apparently goes well with A LOT of western foods too, but I haven't tried.
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When you go to an Asian foods store, ask the clerk for a jar of chilli sauce with picture of an old grandma on it and they will know what you are talking about. Yes old dry mom is the literal translation, but remember literal translations are not the most accurate.
Extra note I like to add: This brand is actually really respectable and popular in mainland China, so knowing china..... There is a cheap bootlegged brand called Lao Gan Ba, meaning old dry dad instead. Don't buy the fake dad sauce, buy the real mom sauce! The real deal is the tasty one.
Extra note 2: At least to me the sauce is not that hot, because I eat spicy stuff all the time. But if you are not some one who can handle a lot of spicy stuff, don't add that much to your food.