Amazing Sauce for Dumplings
Talking about dumplings, the dipping sauce is a vital part that significantly contributes to the overall eating experience. The sauce itself can lift or compromise the taste of your dumplings.
What’s more? If you are lucky enough to have a chance to enjoy top-notch fresh, homemade dumplings, there’s nothing to talk much. But what should you do if you happen to have a plate of frozen dumplings? Tell you a secret: mix your own homemade dipping sauce.
Below are two different types of dumplings dipping sauce that are super easy to make yet promises to satisfy your craving. These sauces can go well with potstickers, dumplings, and wontons with any types of stuffing. Are your fingertips ready?
Kimchi and Honey Sauce
People may say “What? This is the first time I’ve ever heard something called kimchi paste.” If you are one of them, it’s totally fine. This kind of sauce is not so common and is usually offered just in certain restaurants. But good news, it’s super easy to replicate one by yourself.
Kimchi paste is a purée mixed by kimchi seasoning. People can home-make kimchi but also can get from convenience stores. Kimchi paste has a strong, piquant flavor and super invigorating. However, there is one minus that it is quite dry for dipping since it is actually a paste. Sometimes, being so concentrated will make the sauce cover the food’s natural flavor, dumplings in this case.
Honey comes to save the day. By mixing the paste with honey, you can create a dip-worthy, smooth and softer dipping. To uplift the flavor, sesame seeds and butter can be added in.
- Kimchi base: 9 tablespoons
- Honey: 1 tablespoon
- Toasted sesame seeds: 1/2 teaspoons
- Unsalted butter: 6 tablespoons
How to prepare:
Mix kimchi base with honey and sesame seeds
Melt butter in a saucepan with low heat
Get the mixture onto the saucepan
Heat the mixture for about 10 seconds, keep whisking well until it becomes fully combined.
Your outcome is a dumpling dipping sauce that is sweet, spicy, buttery, and nutty. Worth a try, right?
Kimchi paste/base can be found at Korean or Asian specialty grocery stores. Alternatively, you can combine 8 tablespoons of Korean gochujang with 1 tablespoon of liquid from a kimchi pickle jar.
Fish sauce is famous for strong umami achieved from salted and fermented anchovy. The sauce itself can already create a bomb of overpowering flavor, however, when with a little more seasoning with lime juice and sugar, it can become something very special. The mixture is tart, bright yet well-rounded with the sweet-and-sour note. Garlic and chili can be added in to enhance the tasting experience.
Besides dumplings, the sauce is nice enough for salad dressing and steak marinating.
- Garlic: 8 medium cloves
- Asian fish sauce: 4 tablespoons
- Lime: 4 whole fruits
- Light brown sugar: 2 tablespoons
- Cilantro leaves and fine stems
How to prepare:
Prepare the raw materials
Mince the garlic cloves to get around 8 teaspoons
Squeeze the limes for 4 tablespoons fresh juice
Chop the cilantro finely to have 2 tablespoons
Slice the chili for 1 teaspoon chili flakes
Prepare the sauce
Get a small bowl
Mix everything together: fish sauce, garlic, lime juice, brown sugar, cilantro, chili flakes
Stir the mixture well until the sugar dissolves
Enjoy the sauce