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Homemade Asian Condiments

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 ;-)
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Chinese Hot Mustard

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Fish Sauce

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Hot Chili Sauce

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

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 Deeli from Richland, WA

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