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Southeast Asian-Creole Dipping Sauce

This may be a long stretch to keep the local theme, but it’s great as a dip for vegetables or seafood (especially big grilled shrimp), or even as a salad dressing. It also works well as a basting sauce for grilled fish or chicken. All of the exotic ingredients are available in the ethnic section of any large supermarket.

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Tabasco green pepper sauce
  • 1 oz. sesame oil
  • 5 sprigs cilantro, leaves only
  • 2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce)
  • 2 Tbs. hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter

1. In a food processor, puree the first four ingredients, then add everything else. Puree again.

2. Add water as necessary to achieve the consistency appropriate to your needs.

Makes about two cups.

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