How Chili Sauce Spices Up One of China’s Best Economies
China’s best-selling chili sauce is “Lao Gan Ma,” which translates to old godmother. It’s also helping one of the poorest provinces support some of the country’s fastest economic growth.
The spicy sauce found in millions of kitchens is stocked in every store for about 10 yuan ($1.45). It’s also carried abroad by Chinese, though it’s increasingly available internationally, and on Amazon.com (for $9).
The chili magnate who has earned herself a loyal following is Tao Huabi, 69, from Guizhou Province, a poor, mountainous region in the southwest that’s now one of the brightest spots in the nation’s economic slowdown.
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