Three quick dipping sauces for Asian snacks

I originally intended to share the recipe for just one sauce here, that one dip that would perfectly match the spring rolls I made the other day. Test tasting with my family though, I ended up with at least three delicious dipping sauces which matched the spring rolls equally well. A slightly sweet and zesty ginger peanut sauce, which makes a classic combo with spring rolls. A peppery hoisin dipping sauce, which is as good with bao buns as it is with spring rolls. And a savoury, earthy almond tahini sauce, which makes a wonderful dip as well as a delicious dressing for noodle salads. Which one would you choose?

dipping sauces

So many people, so many different tastes. So I decided to share the recipe for all three of the sauces, to be used as a dip for the spring rolls or as part of another dish. This way you can pick the one matching your own taste, or decide to make all of them and serve them with nibbles, for your guests to pick their favourite.

Happy munching!

dipping sauces

Ginger peanut sauce

Ingredients

  • 100 g all-natural peanut butter
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • dash of sesame oil (optional)
  • water to dilute

Preparation

Stir all ingredients except the water together. Then, stirring well, add enough water for the sauce to become smooth and just pourable.

dipping sauces

Hoisin dipping sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Preparation

Stir the liquid ingredients together, then season to taste with black pepper.

dipping sauces

Almond tahini sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • water to dilute

 

Preparation

Stir all ingredients except the water together. Then, stirring well, add enough water for the sauce to become smooth and just pourable.