Last week I was eating leftover chicken with a simple soy sauce dipping sauce, and I kept thinking how good and simple it was. Right now, it seems like everyone is doing that recipe that they have always wanted to do because they have time. But for me, it’s all about going back to something simple. Simplicity is my answer to all this craziness that is happening in our world because it takes me back to why I started cooking. To simply feed ourselves in the best way possible. That’s why this week I wanted to share a simple recipe for my favorite go-to soy sauce dipping sauce.
What this soy sauce dipping sauce means to me
When I was little, my mom used to get tired of cooking sometimes. So she used to make something simple, and serve it with this dipping sauce. This is the dipping sauce I use most often next to my Vietnamese dipping sauce. It has a few simple ingredients: soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, pepper, and a few pieces of cilantro. I’ve never shared a recipe for this sauce before because it just seemed too simple, so I thought it would be a waste of time to post it. But right now, I think we could all use something a little simple that makes our lives a little bit better.
- Soy sauce – This is the core ingredient of the sauce. I have used so many soy sauces, but my hands down favorite is Kikkoman soy sauce. No matter how many different soy sauces I try, I always come back to this one. For this recipe, use your favorite kind of soy sauce because this is YOUR sauce. If you are gluten free, tamari is always a great substitute, and Kikkoman has a tamari soy sauce as well!
- Sesame oil – Sesame oil adds a bit of earthiness and smokiness. Be careful to not add too much because the flavor can be overwhelming. The sesame oil I grew up using and continue to use is Kadoya sesame oil.
- Rice wine vinegar – Soy sauce has a strong umami and salty flavor, so I like adding a bit of rice wine vinegar to cut that flavor. It creates more balance in the flavor. I buy any kind of rice wine vinegar I can find at the market.
- Pepper – Adds some more flavor to the sauce.
- Cilantro – I don’t always add cilantro to this sauce, but I love it when I do. I would highly recommend it if you can find it. It adds some freshness to this sauce that makes it come to life.
Making my favorite soy sauce dipping sauce
This how I make this sauce. Feel free to customize it however you like! I add soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, pepper, and cilantro to a sauce bowl. Mix with a small spoon and serve.
Some dishes you can eat this dipping sauce with are: plain boiled chicken, raw vegetables, congee, fried rice, and dumplings. This sauce goes best with dishes that are plain because the sauce has a lot of flavor.
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Soy Sauce Dipping Sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 3 cilantro leaves
- Add all the ingredients into a sauce bowl.
- Mix until combined and serve!
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