Date: 2012-02-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
You're spot on that veggies should beware Cantonese/Southern Chinese chilli oils, which tend to contain dried shrimps, dried scallops and, in some cases, Jinhua ham. The most famous Cantonese chilli oil is, arguably, XO sauce:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XO_sauce

XO sauce is prized stuff, quite expensive, and not that commonly available in Chinese supermarkets in the UK.

A cheaper alternative is Lee Kum Kee's Chiu Chow Chilli Oil. This is a favourite of mine, and is named after the city of Chiu Chow. Although located in Guangdong province, Chiu Chow has a cuisine (and culture) distinct from Cantonese cuisine.

PS: To be honest, chilli oil and Cantonese BBQ aren't really bedfellows. The chilli oil goes better with the soup noodles that I order when eating in, and I use the purchase of take-away Cantonese BBQ as a pretext to bag some chilli oil!
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