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Dipping Sauces for Hotpot/Steamboat

   

Chilli Padi Dip
My mum’s insanely hot chilli padi dip

Cooking this festive season? Check out: Chinese Lunar New Year Recipes

Cooking hotpot (steamboat) this Lunar New Year? Many people have asked me for recommendations on dipping sauces, so I decided to compile a list of my favourite dipping sauces for hotpot/steamboat. Hope you like them and if you have a good recommendation or recipe, do share with me via comment.

Note: This post is NOT a paid review.
Suki Sauce
1. Dancing Chef Suki Sauce (about S$2+ per bottle, sold exclusively at NTUC this year)
This is my family’s favourite sauce for steamboat. The sauce reminds me of the dipping sauce served at Coca Restaurant which I like a lot. Ever since we discovered it, our family dinner table is never without this sauce when we have hotpot. Serve it with toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander. For more information, check out this post.

Sacha Sauce
2. Sacha Sauce
I discovered Sacha sauce (沙茶酱) in Taiwan. It is actually Taiwanese version of spicy satay sauce. The Bull Head brand seem to be the most famous. It is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilli, brill fish, and dried shrimp. I bought this bottle in Taipei, but it can also be found at selected places in Singapore (Yue Hwa in Chinatown sells it). It is good as a dip (serve it with lots of coriander) and also can be used in cooking (stir-fries and grilling). The taste reminds me of XO Sauce, at a fraction of the price. In Taiwan mala hotpot restaurants, there is usually a table of condiments and see many Taiwanese making their own sauce concoction by mixing Sacha sauce with minced garlic, chopped chilli, coriander etc – the more ‘rojak’ the sauce, the better!

Chilli Padi Dip
3. Home-made chilli padi dip
(Get the recipe here)
This is my mum’s recipe which I love very much. Warning: It’s insanely hot, recommended only for serious chilli padi lovers. I absolutely love to dip shabu shabu meat in this sauce!

Pu Tien Chilli Sauce
4. Pu Tien chilli sauce
(from Pu Tien, S$6.80 per bottle)
I love this chilli sauce and I frequently serve it alongside my baked chicken wings. It makes an excellent dip for the steamboat ingredients too. Whenever I have leftover chilli sauce, I will dip it in plain tapioca chips. Very shiok!

Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce
5. XO Sauce (about S$20 per bottle, Lee Kum Kee brand)
XO Sauce is a gourmet Cantonese seafood sauce made up of dried scallops & dried shrimps among other ingredients, and it can be eaten on its own as a condiment or used in stir-fries. If you want a touch of luxury on the dinner table,  then XO Sauce is the sauce for you.

                                           

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5 Responses to “Dipping Sauces for Hotpot/Steamboat”

  1. Wan — February 8, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Putien’s chilli sauce is so good that I can eat a bowl of rice with just it.

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    • wiffy replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 12:26 am

      same here, I can eat it with anything

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  2. Alice — February 9, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh i’m late to know about the suki sauce
    never mind, i’ll do the chilli padi dip sauce, yum!
    thks for the recipe and Happy Chinese New Year to u and family :)

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  3. Little Corner of Mine — February 11, 2013 @ 3:18 am

    Nice dipping sauces!
    Happy CNY and Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

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  4. B — February 19, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

    Nice selection. Can’t do without a hot dipping sauce when having steamboat :)

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