You know those little packets of ground chilli in oil that you get from buying and taking away yong tau hu, fried noodles and the like?
Here’s a simple way to reduce the amount of oil.
First, before you open the packet, tip it upside down and let the oil do what it likes to do – float to the top.
Now untie and open the packet upside down – and let the chilli pour out. But stop the flow when you’ve had enough and leave most of the top oil in the bag.
There’s no way to avoid some oil coming out since it is used for suspension in the sauce. But at least you saved yourself from most of it.
Now glare with disgust at the remaining oil in the bag. You’re done.
(Extra tip: have a kitchen paper towel? Dip it into the oil in your bowl and watch it soak up some of it. More fat saved.)