How to Make Chinese Hot Sauce

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For many westerners, the bold, forward flavors of Chinese cuisine are nothing short of mysterious. In America, Chinese food is seldom made at home, simply because it differs in many ways from more traditional American fare. One of the most well loved items in Chinese cuisine is Chinese hot sauce, which lends food a piquant, yet slightly sweet flavor. Chinese hot sauce is easy to make at home, and can be used in a variety of applications.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp. sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 tsp. chili oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Plastic squirt bottle
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat for approximately 2 minutes, or until very hot. Add vegetable oil and let sit until oil begins to shimmer.

  • Add garlic and ginger to saucepan and stir constantly for approximately 10 to 15 seconds. The ingredients should begin to emit a sweet and pungent fragrance. Ensure that a fragrance is noticeable before moving forward.

  • Combine green onion, soy sauce, chicken broth, sherry and chili oil in a small bowl. Whisk ingredients to combine.

  • Add the wet mixture to the saucepan and stir to combine ingredients. Raise the heat slightly and bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl, incorporating slowly so as to avoid the formation of lumps. Add mixture to saucepan and stir constantly until the sauce has thickened. Let sauce cool and transfer to squirt bottle; it should yield approximately 3/4 of a cup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take care not to burn garlic and ginger by keeping a close eye on the mixture and stirring constantly.
  • Always wear gloves when handling spicy ingredients such as chili oil.

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