Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
This is similar to the orange type of sweet/hot sauce with flecks of hot pepper in it used in many Asian dishes and sometimes as a condiment or dipping sauce. Cheaper than buying retail (a major brand is Mae Ploy) and tastes just as good.
- 7 fresh red serrano peppers or 7 Thai chiles
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 cup rice vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Remove stems from chillies (leaving seeds in is optional) and place chillies and peeled whole garlic in a mortar and grind into a paste (some pieces of the chillies can remain visible).
- Or alternately, you may place in a small spice mill set on pulse.
- Combine ground garlic/chilli mixture with fish sauce, rice vinegar, water and sugar in a small saucepan, and whisk together.
- Set heat on medium, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring, until mixture has thickened and lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 15-20 minutes.
- Allow to cool, and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until used.
great.... and none of the additives
I had dried hot chilli flakes and used about a tsp of that instead of the fresh chillis and am absolutely delighted with the sauce.... although I would have liked it to thicken up a little more than it did... the flavour is great and it is working well in my recipes. (It probably wouldn't work as well as a dipping sauce though because of the consistency).