(Quote) Zoe-337980 said: Paul, may I ask you a question? (I am going to assume your answer is yes.) Would you give me the recipe? yum, ...
(Quote) Zoe-337980 said:
Paul, may I ask you a question? (I am going to assume your answer is yes.) Would you give me the recipe? yum, yum!!
Zoe, as per your request, here it is. Hope you like it!
Paul's "Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce" (for spring/summer rolls.)
1 1/2 C. Water
1 C. Soy Sauce
3 T. Sugar
2 T. Mirin
2 T. Rice vinegar
1 3/4 T. Fish Sauce
4 T. Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 1/2 T. Ground Ginger (plus or minus)
1/4 C.Orange Juice
2 T. Dry Basil
3/4 T. Garlic Powder
1 1/2 T. Crushed Red Pepper
IMHO, the preparation of a good, home-made dipping sauce should probably begin with the end in mind, e.g. what flavor is to be achieved? With this in mind, the amounts of the ingredients are only a guide, so have some fun making it!
Begin with an EMPTY
2 quart sauce pan placed on low heat. Let the pan get hot, then add the water.
Once the water is hot, add the Soy Sauce. Allow the soy to get hot. Be careful not to allow to boil.
Add the sugar. (Now you know why we're keeping the heat low, or, if you don't know, it's so you don't burn the sugar!)
Next, add the mirin. (Mirin, along with the rice vinegar, cuts the oil from the peanut butter to help smooth and stabilize the sauce, giving it a longer shelf life in the fridge.)
Next, add the dry ingredients, (ginger, basil, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.) As you incorporate ingredients, keep in mind the name of the game is reduce, reduce, reduce; just don't boil the sauce during the process.)
Next, add the rice vinegar, and allow to simmer. Add the fish sauce. Allow to simmer again.
Now it's time to add the peanut butter; however, incorporate the peanut butter a table spoon at a time. Reduce heat. Taste. Add another 1/2 T peanut butter., and continue to reduce until the sauce thickens. Whisk until smooth, and ingredients are well-incorporated. Taste. Add what your taste buds tell you, but perhaps a 1/4 C. of OJ.
(It's a flexible recipe, so by all means experiment!)