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Traditional Vietnamese Hot Sauce Recipe in 5 Steps

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Barbecue and chili sauce are an inseparable pair at BBQ parties. Grilled meat with rich flavor combined with spicy, sweet, and sour sauce will explode the flavor in your mouth. Let’s add a Vietnamese hot sauce recipe to your notebook to make your BBQ party more wonderful.

What is Vietnamese hot sauce?

Vietnamese hot sauce is a spicy sauce that is thick like a sauce and has an orange-red color, made from the main ingredient of chili puree combined with some other spices. Countries that grow chili peppers have a custom of making chili sauce.

Basically chili sauce is usually made from fresh chili peppers, although sometimes it is also found that chili sauce is made from dried chili or paprika. After that, chili peppers are milled to make raw materials pure and remove the seeds, or put into a blender to be very fine. The minced meat of chili is mixed with sugar, salt, ground garlic, and vinegar. In industrial production, it can also be mixed with modified starch, and acidity regulators such as acetic acid, and citric acid. , vitamin A, etc.

Chili sauce is generally very diverse in flavor thanks to the combination of additives (garlic, vinegar, sugar, tomato, sesame, galangal, water fat, cooking oil, etc.). The chili sauce is usually very spicy, so it is suitable for all kinds of water vermicelli, multi-water cake, made from fresh chili, or dried chili that is coarsely ground without being too fine, then sautéed in fat.

Sour chili sauce uses both tomatoes and vinegar to reduce the spiciness, suitable for some dishes such as pho, and fried rice. Vietnamese spicy sauce is used with savory cakes such as burgers, with a lot of sugar. In foreign countries, there is a very sour and spicy tabasco chili sauce. But there is also a sweet chili sauce that is more tomato-based than chili.

Chili sauce is loved by many people and is considered a spice to help stimulate taste buds and increase appetite. Not only is it an attractive seasoning for users, but chili sauce is also a good source of vitamins and antibacterial support.

How to make Vietnamese spicy sauce?

Traditional Vietnamese Hot Sauce Recipe in 5 Steps

Recipe by Anne TranCourse: Recipes, SauceCuisine: Vietnamese


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Below is a simple but tasty Vietnamese hot sauce recipe. Let’s begin:


  • 1/2 ginger

  • Garlic 6 cloves

  • Horny chili 2

  • Cornstarch 2 tablespoons

  • Sugar 3 tbsp

  • Vinegar 4 tablespoons

  • Ketchup 2 teaspoons

  • Chili sauce 4 teaspoons


  • Step 1: Prepare ingredients
    Ginger, and garlic peel off the skin, wash thoroughly with water and cut into slices. Pickled chili peppers, remove stems, wash and cut into pieces.
    Add about 30ml of water to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and stir well so that the cornstarch is dissolved and there are no lumps.
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  • Step 2: Grind ingredients
    Place all the chili peppers, garlic, and ginger in the spice grinder of the multi-cooker and blend until finely ground. Then put the whole thing on a disc.
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  • Step 3: Cook chili sauce
    Pour 50ml of water into the pot, add 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons ketchup, and 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Stir well so that the spices are completely dissolved.
    Put the pot on the stove, and stir with a spoon. After the sauce has boiled, add all the finely chopped hot peppers, garlic, and ginger, continue stirring and cook for another 2 minutes.
    After 2 minutes, add the mixed cornstarch, pour and stir to dissolve the cornstarch in the sauce to create an attractive consistency.
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  • Step 4: Finished Vietnamese hot sauce recipe
    Sweet and sour chili sauce after completion has a very eye-catching red-orange color.
    When enjoying, you will feel the pungent taste of chili sauce and horn chili, besides the mildly sour taste of fresh eggplant combined with the sweetness of sugar to make the dish you dip more delicious, rich, and full of flavor. interesting.
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  • Step 5: Preserve Vietnamese chili sauce
    Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator for later use. Note that because chili sauce does not use preservatives, it can only be stored for about 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator. Therefore, consider making small portions suitable for your family’s needs to avoid excess soy sauce causing waste.
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What should Vietnamese hot sauce combine with?

Do you like the sweet and spicy taste of chili sauce and want to learn more dishes that can use Vietnamese chili sauce? Here are suggestions for super delicious chili sauce dishes for you and your family to add to your daily menu.

Fried dishes

Referring to the first snack, you probably immediately think of the snack cart at the school gate from when you were in elementary school until you went to university. Yes, exactly fried balls, and sausages of all kinds. These are fish balls, beef balls, shrimp balls, sausages,…

Usually, in these fried dishes, everyone will choose to eat with chili sauce, which increases the attractiveness of the dish that no one can refuse from adults to children who are fascinated by this dish.

But remember that eating fried foods should also be limited to reduce the amount of fat absorbed into the body. And please choose clean food stalls or you can also buy homemade products to ensure food safety and quality!

Grilled dishes

Referring to grilled dishes used as snacks in gatherings of friends that have not been seen for a long time, it is impossible not to mention dishes such as grilled squid, grilled chicken, and grilled shrimp, …

You can bake these dishes or marinate them with a little chili sauce to make the dish more delicious and rich.

Spicy dishes

In the past few years, spicy chicken, spicy pork, spicy squid, etc. are very popular dishes, especially among young people. These dishes are often served with rice and are extremely rice-consuming dishes.

Usually, these dishes will have a little sweet, salty and salty taste to suit the taste of Vietnamese people. The spicy sauce only needs fish sauce, sugar, filtered water, especially chili sauce – a spice that balances everything in your sauce and makes it even better.

Stir-fried dishes

Stir-fried dishes are often added chili sauce when seasoned with spices. Stir-fried beef with cauliflower, fried chicken gizzard with bean sprouts, fried corn, … and many other stir-fried dishes. A little chili sauce helps to add a beautiful red color to the dish, the sweet smell of chili mixed with the ingredients makes you love it the more you eat it.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably hungry, right? What are you waiting for, do not start making and enjoy these dishes with chili sauce right away!

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Vietnamese hot sauce variations

Satay chili sauce

Not only popular in Vietnam, but satay chili sauce is also found in the cuisine of Asian countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. This type of soy sauce has quite special ingredients, not only chili, and garlic but also cooking oil, shrimp, and lemongrass.

Green chili sauce

Green chili sauce is a specialty of the coastal city of Nha Trang, with the main ingredients being salt and green chili pepper. The correct way of making green chili sauce has eye-catching colors, and a harmonious sweet and sour taste, the most prominent is the spicy taste of chili peppers and the sharpness of lemon leaves, creating a very special aroma.

Wasabi chili sauce

Wasabi chutney is a unique combination of wasabi’s characteristic strong smell and the spicy flavor of chili peppers. This chili sauce has a rather pungent taste, right from the first bite you will feel the mustard straight into your nose, but it’s only for a moment. Overcoming the spicy sensation of the nose, you will feel the attractive taste, and many people are still addicted to this chili sauce.

The characteristic green color of mustard will make the dining table look more eye-catching and colorful. Because of its pungent taste, this spice is very suitable for serving with seafood, and fried dishes or you can use it to marinate and taste food.

Above are the shares of Tasty Touch about the secret to making delicious and nutritious Vietnamese hot sauce. Good luck to you!

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