Recipe: Sweet Chilli Sauce
- Details Category: Condiments, Jams, Preserves, Pickles and Sauces Published on Sunday, 28 October 2012 20:02 Written by ethel :
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar (or substitute white vinegar)
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. white sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sherry (or cooking sherry)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. dried crushed chili (1 Tbsp. makes spicy-hot sauce)
- 1+1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 3-4 Tbsp. cool water
- Place all ingredients - except the cornstarch-water mixture - in a saucepan or pot. Bring to a rolling boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and let boil for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. (Note that the vinegar will be quite pungent as it burns off. Generally, I find rice vinegar less strong than regular white vinegar).
- Reduce heat to low and add the cornstarch-water mixture. Stir to incorporate and continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).
- Remove from heat and taste-test. You should taste "sweet" first, followed by sour, then spicy and salty notes. If the sauce isn't sweet enough, add a little more sugar. If not spicy enough, add more chili.
- Pour sauce into a small bowl or jar.
- Serve as a condiment with chicken, fish, and seafood, or as a dip with finger foods such as chicken wings, shrimp, or spring rolls. Also makes an excellent marinade for grilled chicken, fish, or seafood.