Top 10 Best Chilli Paste (Cili Giling) In Malaysia 2022

You can never separate Malaysians and their love for spicy kicks in their food. Most of our delicacies at least have a hint of spiciness. Even our food representative, ‘nasi lemak’ needs chilli paste to make that savoury and hot ‘sambal’. That is where chilli paste comes in handy and convenient. In Malaysia, chilli paste is more commonly known as ‘cili giling’ or ‘cili boh’. The term ‘cili giling’ comes from the process of grinding dried chillies using pestle and mortar.

Traditionally, the only ingredient for this chilli paste is only dried chilli. Since Malaysians are so innovative and creative, they started adding their own ingredients to enhance the flavour such as garlic, shallots, ginger, and others. In food industries, preservatives such as boric acid are added to preserve the quality of the chilli paste and its shelf life. Some manufacturers even added colouring into their chilli paste. When the dried chilli is grinded, the oil fats will be broken down into small droplets. This causes the colour of the chilli paste to darken after a few hours.

Now let us move on to our top 10 chilli paste!

1. Kura Brand Chilli Paste

Kura Brand Chilli Paste
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Kura Chilli Paste is made using a secret recipe of Madam Zaharah from Terengganu. Her chilli paste is known for its deliciousness and balanced spiciness. Fresh batches are made every day to fulfill their abundance of orders from all across the country. This chilli paste can last for 3 months if stored in the refrigerator. 

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available:  450 g

Price: RM3.20

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

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2. NZ Chilli Paste

NZ Chilli Paste
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NZ Chilli Paste is specially formulated using a traditional recipe that has been liked for many generations. This paste is made in Penang, which is the heaven of food. This chilli paste can be used for many recipes especially Malaysian cuisines and ‘kuih-muih’.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available: 1 kg

Price: RM2.50

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3. Sekilau Brand Chilli Paste

Sekilau Brand Chilli Paste
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Sekilau Brand Chilli Paste has a thick consistency with a nice red colour. This chilli paste is preferred by a lot of people due to the aromatic smell when it is saute on the pan. This product is made in Marang, Terengganu.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available: 500 g

Price: RM3.80

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

4. Adabi Chilli Paste

Adabi Chilli Paste
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Adabi Chili Paste has spicy notes and is made from freshly picked chillies and premium quality ingredients. This chilli paste can be used as a cooking sauce or as an instant serving sauce. It is very quick and simple to use.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available: 150 g and 400 g

Price: RM3.50 (150 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

5. Walfood Chilli Paste

Walfood Chilli Paste
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Walfood Cili Boh is made using a traditional family-made recipe that has been passed down through three generations. Walfood Industry has introduced a Walfood Cili Boh brand to the local market, which has grown to become one of the most reputable brands in the local Cili Boh industry. 

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available:  160 g, 250 g, 700 g and 3 kg

Price: RM3.65 (700 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

6. Ummi Chilli Paste

Ummi Chilli Paste
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Ummi Cili Boh was originally a family-only recipe. Since this chilli paste has received so many demands and possible buyers, they have commercialized it and introduced it to the market. Now, everyone can have a try on this chilli paste!

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available:  350 g and 800 g

Price: RM3.90 (350 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

7. Puteri Chilli Paste

Puteri Chilli Paste
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Puteri Chilli Paste can be used as your base ingredient or as flavour enhancer for cooking. It has a long shelf life of maximum 12months from the manufacturing date. For proper storage conditions, you should keep it at an ambient temperature and away from the sunlight.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available: 70 g, 140 g, 350g and 800 g

Price: RM7.00 (800 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

8. Maz Chilli Paste

Maz Chilli Paste
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Maz Chilli Paste is formulated based on the taste of housewives. It is perfect for home cooking, especially for the ones that opt for easy and quick chilli paste fix. The paste is made from high quality dried chilli, giving you that spicy kick that you desire.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available:  150 g, 350 g and 700 g

Price: RM2.99 (350 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

9. Pa’man Ground Chili Paste

Paman Ground Chili Paste
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Pa’man Ground Chilli Paste is suitable to be used in various types of dishes such as ‘sambal’, Korean fried chicken, ‘ayam masak merah’, ‘asam pedas’, as pizza sauce and more! Pa’man brand assure you that they are using high quality dried chillies and a great recipe, just for you!

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available: 120 g, 350 g and 700 g 

Price: RM2.20 (120 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

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10. Suri Chilli Paste

Suri Chilli Paste
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Suri Chilli Paste only used the highest quality imported dried chilies. To maintain decades of best-tasting grind chilies, this product does not use any artificial colouring. This chilli paste is also thoroughly stone ground, to ensure that it has a consistent texture.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Size Available:  350 g and 900 g

Price: RM4.90 (900 g pack)

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

If you are not familiar with using this chilli paste in your cooking, let me give some ideas on what to cook it with!

  • Char Kuey Teow
  • ‘Mamak’ Fried Mee
  • Petai Prawn Sambal
  • Bawal Asam Pedas
  • Spicy Lamb Mutton
  • Malaysian Style Chicken Varuval

Disclosure: This list was compiled by the team at My Weekend Plan after extensive research and shared opinions to suggest helpful recommendations for the public. The sequence of brands is in no particular order so if you have any other great suggestions too, please email us [email protected]. For more information, kindly refer to our copyright, privacy & disclosure policy.

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