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Delicious Dipping Sauce

Dumplings, noodles, potstickers, spring rolls, spring onion pancakes… We all have our favourite dipping sauces that go with them

Where to begin?

Depending on how adventurous you are, you may be only familiar with a certain type of sauce when you have dumplings in South Africa. We also supply a small flavour packs with your Home Bao dumpling orders.

For us Taiwanese South Africans, it is a smorgasbord of taste and texture when it comes to sauces, and we always want more than one on the table when we eat. This blog is an introduction to the types of sauces you can make at home the next time you have dumplings, wontons or even spring rolls.

Here are our some great dipping sauces:

  1. Chilli Oil – Every self respecting Taiwanese household has their homemade chilli oil batch made and ready for all occasions. We will be posting a chilli oil recipe soon, but in the mean time you can always purchase this one to drizzle a top your potstickers and wontons.
  2. Three musketeers – equal parts black vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil makes the best dipping sauce for absolutely everything. Add chopped garlic, spring onions and chilli and you can toss your wontons in it. Or add a tablespoon of peanut butter and grated ginger and you can use it to toss noodles in for a quick and easy lunch.
  3. Sweet and simple – hoison sauce and a splash of soy sauce to thin it out. This makes a brilliant sauce for wontons, and steamed dimsum. My husband’s favourite sauce for wonton noodle soup and I love it with some chillis for Vietnamese pho.
  4. The Ding Tai Fung – thinly sliced ginger and black vinegar. The best pairing for xiao long bao (soup dumplings) if you ask anyone from Shanghai, and we love it too.
  5. Sriracha – this was THE go to sauce for everything no matter the cuisine in 2008. You can’t go wrong with this spicy delight, but I prefer the Taiwanese catch all sauce Shacha, otherwise known as Bull Head BBQ Sauce. Smokey, spicy and moorish, it pairs well with tofu, noodles, stir fries, dumplings and any and all vegetables.

Dipping Sauce Top Tip

Add grated garlic and ginger to your sauces for that extra special something. If you want to brighten sauces up use herbs such as coriander, chives or mint. You can add some acidity with black vinegar, lemon or orange juice. If you want a hit of heat then throw in fresh chillies, chilli flakes or better yet chilli oil and a sprinkling of ground Szechuan peppercorn is always a winner.

Dipping Sauce for Potsticker in a blue plate
Dipping Sauce for Potstickers and Dumplings

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