01 Oct Harry’s Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce
Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce. How do you like that alliteration? Trust me, it’s true! This secret sauce has an exceptional flavor, one taste and I promise … you’ll be sold. Prepare to tuck this recipe away, Harry’s Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce is a keeper. Say that five times, fast.
The Chinese Chronicles
If you’ve been following along with my new series “The Chinese Chronicles”, you may already know that our family has been the lucky tasting beneficiaries of delicious Chinese cuisine over the last several years. We’ve enjoyed numerous dishes from our friend and former international student, Dave (Zhengzheng Ren). On several occasions, Dave has also cooked alongside his international friends at our house.
Lingkai Zhao, or Harry as we call him is a close friend of Dave’s from their high school days here in Minnesota. Harry’s home city is Yinchuan, China in the Province called Ningxia. He is currently attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Over the years, Harry learned this recipe from his parents, both educators, who live in China.
Better Than Store-Bought
Yes, of course, you could go buy a bottle of dipping sauce or soy sauce at the grocery store, but to us, it’s worth this 10-minute step. Now that we know about Harry’s recipe and it’s amazing flavor, we’ll never do store-bought again. This sauce is super simple and quick to make. It pairs well with dumplings or adds a wonderful side of flavor to Asian appetizers; such as wontons, egg rolls, or spring rolls.
Ingredients for Dumpling Dipping Sauce
Here’s what you will need:
Cooking Oil The guys all grew up in China using vegetable oil, but for a healthier version, I like to use avocado oil. You cannot tell the difference! So, the choice is yours.
Garlic Fresh garlic is best here! You can mince it using a garlic press, which makes an even, more consistent minced size (Read: better looking) or just use a knife. The jury is still out which is faster? My vote is going with the press.
Crushed Red Chile Pepper Use this pepper right out of the bottle, then spice your sauce up or down depending on your tastes.
Sesame oil This oil is derived from sesame seeds. It has the most amazing nutty smell and flavor. I could drink it, but that’s probably not a good idea. Sesame oil is best as a finisher, so this is added at the end of the recipe. Lee Kum Lee Pure Sesame Oil is the one we have been using.
Chinese Vinegar is a staple in Chinese cooking. It is slightly acidic, has more depth than white wine vinegar, and is not as sweet as balsamic. It is originally from a town in the Eastern part of China called Zhenjiang. Chinkiang vinegar is also called “black vinegar” for short, and labeled as “Chinkiang” or “brown rice vinegar”. It is typically used as a base for a dumpling dipping sauce, found in noodle dishes or stir-fries. Gold Plum Chinkiang Vinegar.
Regular or Light soy sauce These two names are used interchangeably. This is the most common type of soy sauce you will find in the United States. Light soy sauce is what you find at the typical grocery store or get with Chinese takeout. It is quite thin in consistency, light in color, and salty in flavor. Dave likes this Lee Kum Lee Premium Soy Sauce.
Dark soy sauce This type of soy sauce is darker in color, slightly opaque, and thicker in texture than light soy sauce. It tastes richer, sweeter, less salty and savory than its lighter counterparts. Lee Kum Lee Premium Dark Soy Sauce.
Sugar and Salt No explanation needed here. Two common tastes and flavorings.
Chicken base A highly concentrated chicken stock used for making casseroles, soups, sauces, and stews. It is available in powder or cube form. You can find chicken base (sometimes labeled chicken soup base) in most grocery stores, Asian markets or on Amazon.
Try this sauce today with Dave’s Chinese Pork Dumplings. Click HERE for the recipe.
Without further ado, here is Harry’s famous recipe. (Famous in our house anyway.)
This is the most delicious dipping sauce ever!
2 tablespoons of oil
1–2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of crushed red chile pepper
1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil
3 tablespoons Chinese vinegar or Chinese Worcester
2 tablespoons regular soy sauce
1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon
Add minced garlic and crushed red pepper to a small bowl. Heat oil over high heat for 1 minute, then immediately pour the oil over the garlic and chile pepper.
Next add the sesame oil, Chinese vinegar (or Chinese Worcester), regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, salt, and chicken base (or bouillon). Stir. Enjoy with Dumplings!
The flavor of this sauce gets even better over time, so make this sauce first before you make your dumplings. If you can’t, no worries, it’s still delicious!
Keywords: Chinese, Dipping, Sauce, Dumplings, Wontons, minced garlic, crushed red chile pepper, sesame oil, Chinese Worcester, Chinese Vinegar, Regular Soy Sauce, Dark Soy Sauce, Chicken Base or Bouillon
Storing your Leftover Dipping Sauce
On the rare occasions, that you have leftover dumplings, store the leftover dipping sauce in the refrigerator, in an airtight container. It keeps well for 4-5 days. Do a sniff test first.
Lastly, thank you, Harry, for bringing this Delicious Dumpling Dipping Sauce into my world. I am forever grateful.
Don’t forget to try this sauce with Dave’s Chinese Pork Dumplings. Click HERE for the recipe
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