Recipe: Sweet Chilli Sauce

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Ingredients:-

  • 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

Method:-

  • 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.

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