This is a light dish, served like a salad. The salted chillies in this recipe have many applications. Use them as a condiment to add extra flavour to steamed fish, or make them into a dressing similar to this and drizzle it over chicken. They'll keep for up to six months and only get better with age. You'll need to start this recipe 3 days ahead.
Note Yellow rock sugar is available from Chinese supermarkets. Master stock can be used again and will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator. Boil for 5 minutes after using, then refrigerate uncovered until completely chilled. Cover and refrigerate until required. Before using, boil for 5 minutes and adjust seasoning, if necessary.