Red Ginger Sauce / 紅薑汁

A Chinese Barbecue Sauce
With Meat or Seafood – Even Hamburgers

Using pink ginger in Japanese cuisine

This sauce can be used anywhere you would use bottled Barbecue Sauce to grill any Meat, Poultry, or Seafood.  Only it’s better than any commercial, chemical-filled product sold in supermarkets. It also works well with Hamburgers, instead of Tomato Ketchup. Continue reading

Mustard Sauce / 芥末醬

Chinese Vinegar,
Sesame Oil the Secret

Rice Vinegar, ingredient in Asian cooking

Rice Vinegar

Sesame Oil gives this versatile Chinese sauce its distinctive franc.  Rice Vinegar also h ells, and if available, Chinese Black Vinegar or Chinese Red Vinegar are especially nice in this sauce.  It can be served with a number of hints,including Egg dishes like Crab Egg Fu Yung or bland Poultry dishes such as White Cut Chicken.

One of a family of Asian Dipping Sauces, including Ginger Sauce, Nuoc Cham and others.

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Nuoc Cham

A Sauce for Every Meal
Synthesis of Lime, Garlic, Nuoc Mam

Cooking with limes

Limes

Nuoc Cham is a table condiment that appears at almost all Vietnamese meals.  Basically it’s a way of using the standard Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce and picking up the flavor with Chili Peppers, Lime Juice and Garlic. There are a number of different ways of making it; this recipe adapted from Bach Ngo.

One of a family of Asian Dipping Sauces, including Red Ginger Sauce, Stir-Fry Oyster Sauce, Mustard Sauce,, and Ginger Sauce, as well as Red Ginger Sauce.. Continue reading

Thai Peanut Sauce

Ideal with Satay
Red Curry Paste Meets Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk, Canned

Peanut Sauce is very popular in Southeast Asian, and there are many versions. Here is one from Thailand that is commonly used in Thai cooking with dishes like Satays.  It is easy to make.

Besides Satays, this versatile Thai Peanut sauce can be served with other appetizers like Rice Crackers, as a dressing for Noodles or with dishes like Soft Shell Crabs. And it’s good to dress a variety of cooked vegetables.

There is an interesting Indonesian Peanut Sauce served with Sate and Gado Gado Salads in that country. Continue reading

Ginger-Miso Dressing

A Grown-Up Taste
Ginger Meets Miso and Carrots

“The carrot has long been a favorite of rabbits and also of mind, provided it is the tender, young vegetable.” — James Beard

Cooking with fresh ginger

Fresh Ginger

Japanese cuisine, too, has a special place for Carrots, shredded in salads and elsewhere,, as does Thai cooking.  Here’s a salad dressing that combines Carrots with Miso and Ginger.

You can find some very nice versions of this Japanese dressing already bottled for sale in Asian and other supermarkets.  It’s also easy to make at home for very low cost and without any chemicals or preservatives. Continue reading