Thursday, October 17, 2013

sweet thai chilli sauce


After an unsuccessful run to the supermarket to get chilli sauce for a hotpot (steamboat) dinner, I decided to make my own. I wanted one that was slightly sweet, but with enough chilli kick. I also wanted it a little tangy and not too salty. This homemade chilli sauce hits all the right spots. And best of all, it's fresh and preservative-free. This one is reminiscent of those Thai 'suki' chilli sauce one can always find at a Thai hotpot restaurant like Coca and the likes. It's perfect for those pork balls or sukiyaki beef slices. 

Recipe for sweet thai chilli sauce
{recipe my own}

15 big red chilli, seeded and roughly chopped
4 chilli padi (bird's eye chilli), seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 red onion (or 5 shallots), roughly chopped
5 cloves garlic
1 2" knob old ginger
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
2 tbs light oil
1/2 can tomato sauce
rice vinegar, sugar, fish sauce, sesame oil to taste
coriander, chopped (optional)
toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Blend together chilli, chilli padi, onion (or shallots), garlic and ginger till quite smooth. Add a little water to aid the process. In a small saucepan, add oil and lemongrass stalks and blended ingredients. Add tomato sauce and seasoning to taste. Cook for 10 mins or so till it comes together. It should be slightly thickened. Once done, take off heat and add coriander and sesame seeds to garnish. 

Enjoy with fried chicken or as a dip for hotpot.

Note: Good for a week, refrigerated. If you intend to keep some of it in the fridge for a week, don't add the coriander and sesame seeds. Add them only before serving. 

5 comments:

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Great to see you in action, oh, I would love to try your chili dipping sauce the next time I make steamboat again ..

Alice said...

thks for sharing
the ingredients used sounds yum!

shaz said...

Hi sonia
Yes I highly recommend this chilli sauce :)

Hi Alice
Thanks for taking the time to leave a msg.

Vivian Pang said...

Sounds great sauce. Nice to go with fried food!

Zoe said...

You made your own sweet chilli sauce! I'm impressed!