Asian cuisine is a conglomeration of so many different flavours from various dishes, and we happen to love them all. Give us noodles, momos, fried rice, sushi, or spring rolls - and watch us greedily gobble them down. The complexity of different flavours is enough to get us salivating, but not without pairing the dish with a lip-smacking sauce. An Asian-style sweet and sour sauce is a must for all our favourite Asian dishes. And, if you haven't noticed, the basic flavours of all the sauces are somewhat similar. So, that gave us an idea to come up with one sauce that can be used for all these dishes.
Imagine how much time and effort you'll save when you won't have to search for a sauce recipe and make it every time you cook yourself an Asian meal. In fact, you can also make this sauce in bulk and store it to be used again and again. You need just a few common ingredients to make this sauce. If you love Asian food, we are sure you'll already be having soy sauce, vinegar, tomato ketchup, corn flour at home. You just have to combine different sauces with onion and garlic to make your all-encompassing, versatile Asian sauce for every dish. Here's an easy recipe to help you make it at home.
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A sauce is a must for all Asian meals.
Simple Sauce Recipe For Asian/Chinese/Indo-Chinese Meals -
(This recipe will make one medium-sized bowl of Asian sauce)
1 onion/spring onion, finely chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp soy sauce
Half tbsp vinegar
Half tbsp red chilli sauce
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tbsp cornflour
Half tbsp honey
Step 1 - Heat some oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic. Meanwhile, mix soy sauce, chilli sauce, tomato sauce and honey in a bowl. Whisk thoroughly to make a smooth paste.
Step 2 - When the onions turn light brown, add the sauce mixture and saute for 2 minutes.
Step 3 - In a bowl, mix cornflour with 1/4 cup water to make a slurry. Add it to the pan and saute for a minute.
Step 4 - Add some more water and boil till the sauce thickens and you get a perfect consistency. Turn off the stove, your sauce is ready.
If you want your sauce to be spicier, you can add chilli flakes, or if you like it more on the sweeter side, add more honey. This flavourful, sweet and sour sauce will liven up any Asian meal you'll pair it with.