Different types of Asian sauces and marinades
Here is a short list of Asian sauces and marinades that are cinched to make any dishes luscious and fun to eat:
A kind of chili oil, XO is a combination of dried shrimp, ham and scallop. Considered to be a high-quality gourmet in the place where it originated from which is Hongkong. It is used as a general condiment as it gives succulent flavor to stir-fried radish cakes and fried rice.
Teriyaki sauce or marinade
Known for its sweet soy sauce flavor that lives a good taste in the mouth, the teriyaki sauce combines well with different kinds of grilled dishes. It is a sauce like no other and irreplaceable in Japanese cuisines.
Teriyaki means grilled and shiny and this is evident when it is mixed with meat prior to grilling. Meats marinated with this impressive sauce will give you luster you yearns for.
A brown sauce with fruity blend, OK sauce is widely used in Chinese cuisines. Ironically this sauce is produced in London. Chinese restaurants store a lot of this when it is available. It provides added sweetness and fruity barbecue flavor to various sauces.
OK Sauce can also be used as a good coating for deep-fried spareribs. It is famous in Chinese recipes like the tenderloin with onions and “kung pao” chicken.
Also-called peanut sauce, satay sauce is a fusion of coconut milk, ground peanuts, “galangol”, spices and other ingredients. Even though is great for grilled meats, this sauce can also be paired with pasta or noodles or can be used as a nice base for salad dressings.
Though it appears like syrup, plum sauce has both sweet and sour blend. It is commonly used in Chinese cooking as a dip for roast duck and can be paired with fried dishes like lumpia.
In some restaurants in Asia, it is used as a base sauce to come up with a sweet and sour pork dishes, giving extra fruity taste and lighter color to classic tomato-based sauce.
Another type of Japanese soy sauce with distinctive sweet, sour and salty taste is the ponzu sauce. Because of its sourness, it is used to create Japanese-style vinaigrettes in modern Japanese fusion restaurants. It is usually served as a nice dip for sushi and sashimi in hotpot and teppanyaki restaurants. This sauce can also be used to marinade fish or tofu. Keep in mind that even for a shorter period of time the marinade can still give extra taste.
Made from fermented anchovies, the fish sauce which is also called “patis” in the Philippines is often used in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. It adds "unami" flavor to any dish and combines well with all the other flavors together.
Sweet chili sauce
Sweet chili sauce brings well together other ingredients such as garlic, pepper, water, sugar and vinegar. It also provides baby back ribs distinctive Asian taste. A good alternative to ketchup it is also used as a sauce for fried chicken.
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