Making a fuss about dipping sauce since ’03.

Get it right and the flavour is transcendent.
Works like a passionate romance, like a well kempt marriage (such a thing exists!)
Right there – the magic happens – it’s in the snap of the vinegar. It’s in the umami (pleasant savory taste) of just enough soy. It’s in the sting of the chili – just a touch of the super hot – stimulates the mind. Sugar – of course. Salt is the devil in the detail. Rings of chopped spring onion. And the nut flavoured fumes of sesame oil. 

Steve’s Korean Dipping Sauce ’03
1 tbs Korean sesame oil
4 tbs Soya sauce
3 tbs Vinegar
1 tbs Mild Chili Powder
1 tsp Hot Chili Powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar 
Spring Onion, chopped

Combine ingredients in a bowl.

Pick a dipping thing – my preference is fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. (Luke Nguyen’s recipe is here). Or salted crisps.



불칠면조미트볼 (Fire Turkey Meat Balls)

Meat Balls
Turkey mince 1kg
Cheddar Cheese 300g – grated
Mozzarella 200g – grated
1 tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp 청양고추 (“The Fire”) – really hot chili powder
1 tbs 고추가루 – mild chili powder
4 tbs 고추상 – chili paste
50mL sesame oil
2 small onions – diced
6 spring onions – diced
6 cloves garlic – crushed
Half a Korean pear diced
Salt and pepper

Red Sauce
50mL sesame oil
3 cloves garlic – crushed
Korean vinegar – 100mL
Korean Soy sauce 200mL
6 tsp granulated sugar
4 tbs 고추상 – chili paste
4 tbs American ketchup
1 tsp 청양고추 (“The Fire”) – really hot chili powder

Making Fire Turkey Meat Balls
1. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Cover with plastic cling wrap. Leave overnight in fridge.
2. Roll small meatballs (5cm diameter at most) using plain flour. Put in fridge for 10 minutes on baking tray.
3. Heat enough canola oil (500-750ml) to deep fry the meat balls for 4-8 minutes. Drain
4. Arrange the balls on a baking tray – put into pre heated oven 200 C for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Making the Red Sauce
1. Fry the garlic in Sesame oil, slowly adding sugar, soy and vinegar. Be careful the ingredients don’t burn.
2. Add the remaining ingredients, plus half a cup of water. Stir together.

Pour the sauce over the Turkey meatballs.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds for effect.

메리 크리스마스 ^^