Spontaneous Dipping Sauces From Your Kitchen Counter

By Chongchen Saelee

As a supplement to my previous post Chinese-style onion pancakes, here’s some quick recipes for dipping sauces to go along with your onion pancakes:

Your arsenal:

-Sesame Oil
-Huy Fong Foods “Rooster Sauce” Sriracha
-Fish Sauce
-Dried Thai chili flakes
-Limes or lemons

Sour and spicy sauce

-1 part Sriracha
-3 parts lime juice

Fragrant and nutty

-1 part sesame or peanut oil
-1 part fish sauce
-3 parts cilantro finely chopped

Nose runner sauce

-3 parts wasabi (from the tube)
-1 part fish sauce to dilute
-1 part cilantro
-a touch of sesame sauce for fragrance

Remember, not a lot of effort needs to go into this. It’s literally grabbing whatever you have off the shelf, but ALWAYS thinking about the flavors you are about to infuse with each other. It doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s just a tasty snack.

Can you imagine if McDonald’s started selling onion pancakes as a side dish like French Fries? And then they’d give you a variety of dipping sauces OR you can mix it custom ON SITE! It’s just a shame that sometimes people don’t want to know what goes into their food, even if it is junk food. At the least, if you know what ingredients went into what you eat, then you can seek out those specific flavors that make your tongue dance.

I’ll let you in on a secret: next time, I might put bacon bits in with my onion pancakes.

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