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Homemade Asian Condiments

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These spicy, sweet or highly flavored sauces can be traditionally found in countries such as Japan or Vietnam, or can be influenced by modern Asian Fusion cooking. This is a guide about making Asian condiments at home.


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October 20, 201112 found this helpful
Why purchase these four standard condiments when you can make them fresh at home? They are so easy to make that you're going to have an "I could have had a V-8" slap your forehead moment ;-)

Chinese Hot Mustard


  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup powdered mustard, such as Coleman's
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil


Slowly stir the water into the mustard powder. Add the oil, stir and serve.

Fish Sauce


  • 12 to 14 anchovy filets
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce


Soak anchovies in water for about an hour. Strain, add soy sauce and stir.

Hot Chili Sauce


  • 6 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. hot chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


Mix chili powder and salt in a small glass bowl. Heat oil in a small sauce pan, slowly pour into the powder mixture, stirring constantly, and let stand until cool, about 15 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Sauce


  • 1 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1/16 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
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  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


Heat oil in a wok, stir in garlic and ginger, add the 1/2 cup of water, vinegar, sugar and ketchup, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, dissolve the cornstarch in water and stir in salt.

Once wok sauce is heated, add the cornstarch mixture and cook until desired consistency.

By Ann from Richland, WA

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March 24, 2014

We avoid soy at our house as much as possible for health and allergy issues. This replacement soy sauce can be used as a marinade, or a dipping sauce, or cooked into the recipe.

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