November 22, 2021

Easy Sweet and Sour Asian Dipping Sauce

Easy Sweet and Sour Asian Dipping Sauce

We have the perfect asian sauce for you! With bursts of fresh ginger, lime, and lemongrass, it's great for serving as a complement for any fried food, as a dressing for asian inspired salads and for dipping veggies. .

We especially love to use for when we make vegetable tempura!

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Asian Dipping Sauce

One of the best skills you can have is the ability to recognize flavors and find balance in food, which can only achieve that balance if they know the metaphoric “weight” of all the ingredients.

Each ingredient brings a different flavor profile to the “party” so it is important to know what each ingredient is going to bring in order to have a successful party. If you add a lot of ingredients that are all acidic, then you will be left with a dish that is only sour.

Cooking is about balance, so we highly suggest playing around with the ingredients in this sauce and adding different amounts to see the differences and what you like best. Here's your grocery list:

  • Mae Ploy: For the sauce, we like to use the base of Mae Ploy, which is a Thai chili sauce, similar to a gastrique in french cuisine, that packs just the right amount of heat, while retaining a subtly-sweet finish that keeps you coming back for more.
  • Lime zest: Added to cut through the sweetness.
  • Lemongrass: We love it for its fragrant, floral note!
  • Hoisin: Brings an earthy-sweetness to the sauce.
  • Soy sauce: Great for rounding everything out with a funky-salty flavor.

Tips on making the best asian dipping sauce

Taste, taste and taste! The best asian dipping sauce will be one that caters to your favorite flavors! Additionally, depending on the chili sauce base you use, you may need to adjust the flavor a bit.

  • Saltier: add soy sauce
  • Sweeter: add honey
  • Spicier: add sriracha
  • Earthier: add hoisin
  • Acidic: add lime juice

Let us know in the comments what you paired this sweet and sour asian dipping sauce with!

Cheers and eat well!

Easy Sweet and Sour Asian Dipping Sauce

This Asian-styled dipping sauce is somewhere between a French gastrique and a Japanese ponzu sauce, with bursts of fresh ginger, lime, and lemongrass.















  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce (we use Mae Ploy)
  • ¼ cup hoisin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh lemongrass (grated or finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and smashed into a paste)
  • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
  • Instructions

    1. Add the sweet chili sauce, hoisin, soy sauce into a bowl and whisk until everything is one even color and everything is blended.
    2. For the ginger: peel the ginger and grate it finely on a microplane into the chili sauce. (if you do not have a microplane, peel, then finely chop the ginger. You want the ginger to be finely chopped.
    3. For the lemongrass: Cut off the very bottom root end of the stalk of lemongrass so that the root is gone and the white base is showing (less than ¼ inch). Begin zesting the lemongrass on a microplane, root end down, removing fibrous exterior strands of the outer shell as you go, onto a cutting board. When you have enough lemongrass zested, pick out any strands that may have fallen in and chop them finely. Add the lemongrass to the chili sauce.
    4. For the garlic: After peeling the garlic, gently smash the cloves with the side of your knife and roughly chop the garlic so that it resembles the size of the ginger. Sprinkle one pinch of salt onto the garlic and smear the garlic with the side of your knife across your cutting board so that it starts to form a paste. Add the second pinch of salt and continue smearing the salt into the garlic until it forms a relatively smooth paste and no large chunks are remaining.
    5. Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass and lime juice and zest to the chili sauce and whisk to evenly incorporate.
    6. Season to your liking and serve.


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