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One of the best things about eating Asian food is the many kinds of dipping sauces that accompany it. Spicy, sweet, salty, sour, you name it, there's one in every flavor! Here's a homemade spicy vinegar sauce that will thrill your taste buds.
One thing that makes eating Asian food so fun is choosing the dipping sauce that perfectly complements it. Dipping sauces help complete the flavor of each dish. This vinegar sauce goes well with fried and grilled food if you like puckering up your lips to spicy, sour flavors. That's what Asian food is all about — a delicious discovery of rich and intense flavors.
Homemade Asian spicy vinegar dipping sauce recipe
Makes 1 jar of 8-1/2 ounces
1 cup vinegar (coconut, cane or white wine vinegar)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
6 garlic cloves (lightly crush 1 clove)
6 chilies (chop 1 piece or chop more if you want it spicier)
5 small onions, halved
1/2 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
6 fresh mint leaves
In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, salt and sugar until they melt.
Fill up a small sterile jar or bottle with the garlic, chili, onions, peppercorns and mint.
Pour in the vinegar mixture.
Keep the jar sealed in the cupboard and use as a dipping sauce.
Uses for the spicy vinegar dipping sauce
This vinegar sauce is something very standard in Asian cooking, especially in the Philippine kitchen. A lot of dishes call for dipping sauces and this one can be used in the following (and much more):