Dipping Sauce for Vietnamese Dinner
How do I make a Dipping Sauce?
A Vietnamese dish is not complete without sauce. Sometimes you just need a Dipping Sauce, like one of these easy recipes.
If you're just about to put the Spring Rolls on the table and one of your kids says Where's the sauce, Mum?, don't panic. You can whip up an express dipping sauce or keep a couple of bottles of ready made Plum Sauce or Sweet and Sour sauce in your cupboard.
But nothing beats a fresh sauce that you've made yourself.
Nockie Le is a Vietnamese-Australian who creates wonderful meals with vegetables and herbs straight from her own garden.
Nockie's garden, with its intoxicating scents, is a haven of greenery and her bright, cheerful kitchen is the centre of her home.
Nockie coaches me in Vietnamese cooking while I show her my tried and true lamb recipes, a mutually beneficial arrangement.
Even better, Nockie is also my daughter-in-law.
Basic Dipping Sauce
- 1 part light soy sauce
- 1 part apple vinegar
- splash of sesame oil
- drizzle of chilli oil
This dipping sauce is just a foundation. You can add lime juice, lemon juice, lime or lemon zest, chopped spring onions, a bit of minced ginger for a bit of zing.
Slight Variation of Basic Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
For an express dipping sauce, combine hoi sin sauce with some chilli sauce and peanut butter
Spring Roll Dipping Sauce
- Half a cup water
- 8 Tbsp fish sauce
- 6 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 6 tsp rice vinegar
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 1 deseeded and finely chopped fresh red chili (optional)
- 4 cloves of finely chopped garlic
- Â¼ cup very finely sliced carrots
- Combine the water, rice vinegar and sugar in a saucepan, and gently bring to a boil.
- Let it cool down.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the mixture
Hot Dipping Sauce
Mix up in a bowl
- 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons mushroom soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons chili oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- Salt, to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
Let it sit in the frig for an hour
Fresh Lime is just delicious in dipping sauces!
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