Creative Director: Nicky Chang
Location: United States
Project Type: Produced
Client: Junzi, The MET
Product Launch Location: United States
Packaging Contents: Chili Oil
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Glass
To welcome the start of the Year of the Ox in 2021, The MET partnered with New York City–based Junzi Kitchen, a modern fast-casual concept that makes authentic, everyday Chinese food accessible, on a limited-edition set of three chili oils. Perfect for gifting, the set comes with three mouth-watering flavors: Junzi Kitchen’s Original Chili Oil, made with Tianjin chili flakes, Sichuan peppercorns, and cayenne peppers, along with two new flavors created especially for us by Chef Lucas Sin: Silk Road Chili Oil and Red Lantern Chili Oil.
Each jar in the set features an image of a splendid carved jade ox or water buffalo—both representative of the bovine family that the Chinese refer to as Ox—from The Met collection. You can see these artworks and others, including a large 18th-century jade sculpture of a water buffalo and an extraordinary 8th-century set of ceramic Chinese zodiac figures, in the Museum’s Year of the Ox exhibition, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through January 17, 2022.