Dina's Favorite Recipes

Easy Asian and Fusion recipes for everyday home cooking.


Apricot Plum Sauce

Makes 1 small bowl   Ingredients 4 tablespoons apricot preserves/jam 2 tablespoons plum sauce 1 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate/paste 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (or your favorite Asian chili sauce) Sea salt to taste   Method Mix all the ingredients in a small pot
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Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients ½ cup Chinese black vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce ½ teaspoon dried ground red chili pepper 2 tablespoons fresh shredded ginger (optional) Method In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce and chili peppers. Add the shredded
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Dashi Dipping Sauce

Dashi stock is a widely used base in Japanese cuisine for all types of soups and sauces. Authentic Dashi stock takes days to prepare so for the purposes of an easy to make dipping sauce, this recipe can use Dashi stock that is prepared by
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Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Ingredients 1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/4 cup sweet soy sauce 2 tablespoons spicy chili sauce 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil Method In a medium sized bowl, whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Sauce can be kept refrigerated in a
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Easy Caramel Sauce

Easy Caramel Sauce This super easy caramel sauce is so versatile. You can use it as a drizzle on top of ice cream or as a dipping sauce for a fresh fruit dessert tray. You can even use this as part of a cocktail like
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Garlic Cilantro Pesto

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 14 garlic cloves Handful of fresh cilantro (leaves & stems) Handful of fresh Thai basil leaves 2 scallions roughly chopped Juice of 1 fresh lime (~ 4 tablespoons) 2/3 cup olive oil 3/4 teaspoon salt Method Using a food processor
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Ginger Garlic Paste

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 40 cloves garlic 6 thumb-sized pieces ginger, peeled and cut in chunks 6 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil ½ teaspoon salt Method Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times until smooth. Kept in
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Gochujang Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 2 heaping tablespoons Gochujang paste 6 to 8 garlic cloves finely minced 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon sambal oelek 2 tablespoons plum sauce Method Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until thoroughly combined. Stored
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Hoisin Plum Dressing

Makes 1 small bowl (enough for ~4 salad servings) Ingredients 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons Plum sauce 1 tablespoon grainy mustard 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 large lime) 1/4 cup olive oil Method Place all of the ingredients except for the olive oil
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Nuoc Mam Pha

Vietnam’s most versatile and popular sauce is something of an enigma to a lot of us. Its ingredients are so simple, yet mixed together, they create a sauce that goes well with everything from crisp spring rolls to noodle dishes, roast meats, rice dishes…the list
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Peanut Sauce

Indonesia is well known for dishes and sauces that feature peanuts. This Peanut Dipping Sauce is used as an accompaniment to Saté (grilled meats on skewers) as well as on several types of salads. The recipe is quite simple but requires a little more time
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Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 1 cup soy sauce Juice of 2 lemon or lime 2 teaspoons sesame oil Method In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Place in a properly sealed container and this sesame soy dipping sauce can be
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Soy Lime Dipping Sauce

Makes 1 Small Bowl Ingredients 1/2 cup soy sauce Juice of 1/2 lime 2 tablespoons plum sauce 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 4 tablespoons water 1/2 tablespoon chili sauce (optional) Method In a small bowl, thoroughly mix all the ingredients together with a whisk. Goes
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Spicy Avocado Sauce

This is an amazingly addictive sauce that can be paired with all types of dishes, including fried appetizers, sashimi salads and even roasted meats. It’s very important to start with good quality ripe avocados. Using avocados that aren’t completely ripe won’t result in a smooth
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Sweet & Spicy Mustard Dressing

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 1/3 cup grainy mustard 1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce 2 tablespoons honey ¼ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup olive oil Method In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mustard, sweet chili sauce, honey and salt until smooth. Slowly drizzle
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Sweet’n Tangy Sauce

Makes 1 small bowl Ingredients 6 tablespoons plum sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste (substitute fresh lime juice) 2 tablespoons Sambal Oelek chili paste 2 tablespoons regular soy sauce 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic Method In a small bowl, mix all the
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Tangy Honey Balsamic Dressing

I’ve always been in love with tangy dressings that used three basic ingredients of honey, grainy mustard and balsamic vinegar. After trying so many restaurant dressings though, it became clear that most people had an obsession with using copious amounts of olive oil. While out
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