Sichuan Chili Crisp is the first 100% all natural Sichuan chili sauce packed with complex umami flavors, proudly crafted in Chengdu. After two years of obsessive cooking and development in our private kitchen, Sichuan Chili Crisp is finally ready to make its debut outside of China with your help.
Our goal is to harness Sichuan's legendary canon of flavors through our sauces and share them with the world, showcasing the cuisine's complexity beyond just 'spicy and numbing' and that "Made in China"can mean the highest quality products with no artificial flavors and preservatives.
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At the base of a great sauce lies 鲜 xian, a.k.a. umami, or, the fifth taste. Instead of using MSG as a shortcut, we draw it out naturally using the finest ingredients available.
Flavor and function belong together
We believe that flavor and function should not be mutually exclusive.
So our flavorful sauces are built with a blend of adaptogenic mushrooms, seaweeds and spices long known in China to have both flavor-building and healing properties.
This allows us to build deep umami flavors that are good for you as well, boosting immunity, energy, and longevity.
It's all about the ingredients
At the heart of Sichuan Chili Crisp is Sichuan pepper, an ancient spice that has been cultivated in China for thousands of years that is responsible for the cuisine’s unique tongue-tingling sensation.
We use a special variety called 贡椒 Gongjiao, also known as 'Tribute pepper', so prized it was once given exclusively as a tribute to the emperor, with a truly transformational smell and taste. They are painstakingly hand-harvested just once a year- and sell out immediately-, rarely making their way to the West.
Proudly crafted in Sichuan
We work with our co-packing partner in Sichuan to process our ingredients and craft our sauces, ensuring the highest quality control standards, food safety management, and strict compliance with FDA regulations. We only source 100% all natural ingredients, and do not use any artificial flavor additives or preservatives.
Together, we're changing the notion of what "Made in China" can mean.
The result is a chili sauce that delivers the perfect level of spice and deep flavor that you can use the same way you would any other hot sauce. It's spicy, numbing, crispy, and deliciously savory. How you eat it is completely up to you.
We dare you not to put it on everything.
1. SICHUAN CHILI CRISP
"Fly By Jing sauces are a game-changer – and not just for your food, but for the global image of Sichuan food as a whole. So much of Chinese cuisine is misunderstood in the Western world, but I believe we are on the cusp of a renaissance for its appreciation, starting with Sichuan cooking. Sichuan Chili Crisp is the perfect antidote to gloopy, artificial headaches like 'Szechuan Sauce;' it's made with authentic, natural ingredients hailing from the heart of the region, and will awaken your senses to real Chinese food."
- Betty Richardson, Former Food Editor, That's Shanghai Magazine
“Sichuan Chili Crisp is absolutely delicious, unique and versatile. I’ve enjoyed it on everything from noodles to eggs, soups to veggies. Jenny is an incredibly knowledgeable and passionate expert on her home province’s cuisine and she’s brought the best ingredients and authentic depth of flavor to her sauces.
- Crystyl Mo, Food Writer, World's 50 Best Restaurants Academy Chair
"My husband woke me up in the middle of the night to ask what would happen if we ran out of Sichuan Chili Crisp. Not even kidding."
- Janice Leung Hayes, Food Writer, Founder of Honestly Green
2. JINGTHEORY GUIDE TO CHENGDU + SICHUAN RECIPE BOOK
Fly By Jing founder Jenny Gao's meticulously researched and designed 30+ page guide to Chengdu. A curated look at the best of eating, drinking, and exploring in China's most leisurely city. Also receive a digital recipe booklet full of Sichuan favorites like mapo tofu, sweet water noodles, and twice cooked pork.
3. 2018 New Harvest Tribute Pepper + Erjingtiao Chili
We have secured our reserve of the 2018 new season harvest of 贡椒 gongjiao (tribute pepper) from Qingxi village, along the mountainous Tea Horse Road, an ancient trading route dedicated to the transport of tea and spices from China to the West. Be one of the first to get your hands on new season Tribute Pepper (painstakingly hand-harvested by farmers this August in the mountains of Sichuan), the smell and taste of which is transformational. Read our Sichuan Primer in Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown to learn why it is exceptionally rare to find fresh and high quality Sichuan pepper outside of China.
二荆条 Erjingtiao, the most popular variety of chili in Sichuan, is known for its mild spice but intense fragrance. It doesn’t overwhelm the taste of a dish but instead heightens sensations and awakens the palate to deeper flavors. Its uses are varied and inventive: dry-fried in oil for a scorched-chili flavor; ground up and combined with aromatics to create the canvas for the most fragrant chili oils; and mixed with various other spices to make dozens of Sichuan flavor profiles.
4. FLY BY JING x SINMEI TEA "CHENGDU CHAI"
Sinmei Tea has been a pioneer in the creative tea arts since establishing itself as a modern tea institution in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Brisbane since its founding in 2008. We have worked with Sinmei to create the "Chengdu Chai", a uniquely delicious and warming blend of Sichuan spices and premium Australian black tea, a perfect pairing with frothed almond milk.
5. THREE YEAR AGED PIXIAN DOUBANJIANG
Often called the ‘soul’ of Sichuan cooking, doubanjiang, or fermented fava bean paste, is at the heart of many of the province’s signature dishes. The best doubanjiang comes from a county called Pixian just outside of Chengdu. Here, factories have been fermenting their paste for hundreds of years, traditionally in large clay pots that are left out under the sun and mixed by hand daily to evenly distribute its exposure to the elements. The longer they are aged, the darker and more complex in flavor they become. Our 3 year doubanjiang is one of the best in existence, with deep umami flavors slowly built over time, completely natural with no additives, and largely unavailable outside of China.
6. MR. CHEN'S HANDMADE CLEAVERS
Mr. Chen has been a metalsmith for the last thirty years in the old village of Pengzhen outside of Chengdu. He makes a selection of cooking equipment and tools including woks, cleavers, pots and scissors. Of these, our favorite is his carbon steel Chinese cleaver, one of the best multipurpose tools in the kitchen. Chinese cooks have traditionally used a single cleaver for every task in the kitchen from dicing, deboning, butchering to julienning. These measure about 170mm with a 105mm wooden handle.
7. PRIVATE SICHUAN COOKING WORKSHOP
I will conduct a half-day Sichuan food culture and cooking workshop for your friends/organization anywhere you are in the world. Learn the foundations of Sichuan cooking, pickling, chili sauce making and much more. You will also receive a case of 12 jars of Sichuan Chili Crisp, premium Sichuan ingredients and limited edition print copies of the Sichuan Recipe Book and Jingtheory Guide to Chengdu.
*Travel expenses not included, event to be arranged within a year of Kickstarter campaign closing.
8. PRIVATE SICHUAN SOUL FOOD FEAST
Feast your senses on a multi-course Sichuan dinner by Fly By Jing in your space for up to ten of your best food friends. Experience the many other flavor sensations that go far beyond the 'spicy' and 'numbing' the cuisine is famous for. You will also receive a case of 12 jars of Sichuan Chili Crisp, premium Sichuan ingredients and limited edition print copies of the Sichuan Recipe Book and Jingtheory Guide to Chengdu. Read more about our Private Kitchen and global pop ups on Munchies: "Meet the Woman Who is Redefining Modern Sichuanese Cuisine"
*Travel expenses not included, event to be arranged within a year of Kickstarter campaign closing.
9. SEVEN DAY CHINA CULINARY ADVENTURE
Savor the best of what Chinese cuisine has to offer with Jenny, and see why top chefs around the world like Andrew Zimmern, Eddie Huang, Ken Hom and Emeril call on her to be their guide.
A guided 7 day food adventure of the best of Chengdu and Shanghai, inclusive of accommodations, attractions and food. Indulge in the world's best xiaolongbao in Shanghai and experience for yourself why Sichuan has one of the world's greatest food cultures by visiting spice markets, its famous fly restaurants, and enjoying everything from banquet cuisine to country cooking. You will also receive a case of 12 jars of Sichuan Chili Crisp, premium Sichuan ingredients and limited edition print copies of the Sichuan Recipe Book and Jingtheory Guide to Chengdu.
*International and domestic flights not included ** Twin share add-on available (see reward for details)
10. GIFT OF SAUCE GIVING
I will work with your organization/brand to create 300 bottles of a limited edition Sichuan sauce with custom labels to add a personal touch to your holiday corporate gift basket. You will also receive limited edition print copies of the Sichuan Recipe Book and Jingtheory Guide to Chengdu.
NEW REWARDS FOR STRETCH GOALS!
We are floored by the incredible support from the Fly By Jing and Kickstarter community. Thanks for helping us get fully funded in just 2 days! Now we’re dreaming bigger with some new stretch goals!
60K - Have you always wanted to have chili sauce in your bag (swag)? Dream no more. If we hit $60k we will produce boxed sets of single-serve Sichuan Chili Crisp packets so you can carry deep flavor to power your food anywhere.
100K - Welcome to the family, Mala Spice Mix and Zhong Dumpling Sauce, our two other current best sellers in China. Reaching our stretch goal will allow us to bring these to the international market sooner than planned.
Zhong Dumplings, the beloved legendary street food, is known for its perfect balance of sweet, savoury, spicy and garlic-y flavors. We blend fragrant erjingtiao chili oil with 'fuzhi' soy sauce, slow-brewed with brown sugar, spices and 'komo' extract, a rare wild mushroom from the Mongolian highlands known for its health benefits and departing a wondrously deep umami for this unique sauce that lends itself perfectly not just to dumplings and noodles, but dipping any variety of your favorite foods.
Mala Spice Mix is a powerful blend of nine herbs and spices including erjingtiao chili and prized tribute pepper from the Qingxi mountains to give your food dimension, depth, and the essence of Sichuan soul. Use as a rub or finishing spice on grilled and fried food.
150K - I will add a new tier for you to join me on a 3-day trip to Qingxi village in the mountains of Sichuan to take part in the 2018 season Tribute Pepper harvest in August. We will take part in the process of picking and sorting with local farmers and hike along the historic Tea Horse Road where the village is located, once an important trading route bringing teas and spices from China into the West. Experience the intoxication of just-harvested Tribute Pepper and try the popular local dish of Sichuan pepper leaf tempura, a light, citrusy and delicious snack.
200K - I will develop and bring to market the first all natural, flavor packed, authentically Sichuan hot pot soup base with no artificial additives.
250K - I will offer a 3-day cooking workshop in the Sichuan countryside, showcasing its incredible produce and why it is known as the Land of Plenty. We will experience both rustic country b&bs, known to exemplify the best of Sichuan home cooking, as well as indulge in the sustainable luxury of Six Senses resort in Qingcheng Mountains. Days will start with early morning taichi, followed by foraging, visits to a local bee keeper, cold-pressed rapeseed oil producer, organic mushroom farm, and a local caviar farm, learning the basics of Sichuan cooking with our bounty.
Risks and challenges
We have worked tirelessly for over a year to perfect the process of scaling and manufacturing our sauces, overcoming many obstacles and setbacks along the way. We have waited until we have absolutely secured the right facilities and ingredients before we committed to launching Sichuan Chili Crisp internationally via this Kickstarter campaign. We have already produced several large batches of our sauce with our co-packing partner in Sichuan, achieving a level of quality and consistency that satisfies our extremely high standards.
As we are importing the sauce into the US, there may be unforeseeable delays at customs, although we have already worked some buffer into our timeline. We will work with a bottling facility in the US to package our sauces and our fulfillment partner to ship the products once they are ready.
As we are shipping some of our products to customers internationally, there may be delays and customs fees that we cannot control, please keep that in mind when placing orders outside of the United States.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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