Homemade Asian Condiments

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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
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 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 Deeli from Richland, WA

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October 21, 20110 found this helpful

Well Lila, I guess you're just one saucey girl.

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October 22, 20110 found this helpful

You know Deeli, the hotter the better. I will give this a try.

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October 22, 20110 found this helpful

I like the sound of this one.

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July 27, 20130 found this helpful

Does anyone have a recipe for the brown sauce usually served with Chinese Pot Stickers? It's a thin sauce, in which I can taste soy sauce and ginger (I think). Thank you and I Love Thrifty Fun!

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