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Sesame-Chile Dipping Sauce

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Chile-bean paste is a Chinese specialty that works wonderfully well in this dipping sauce. My favorite brand is Lee Kum Kee; other brands I’ve used are Lan Chi and Oriental Mascot. Lee Kum Kee is widely distributed. Check the ethnic foods section of grocery stores.

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, peanut free

Taste and Texturehot & spicy, salty, savory, sweet, tangy, tart, umami

Type of Dishdipping sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chile bean paste (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • ½ cup Dashi
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Japanese or Chinese sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons hot Japanese chile sesame oil

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