Asian cuisine is well-known for its authentic and abundant traditional Asian sauces such as chili, soy, Teriyaki, fish, and whatnot. And you’re probably one of those who are just as puzzled as I am whenever you pass along this particular food section in your local supermarkets. But they aren’t as complicated and intimidating as they seem. Some of these sauces are even easy to use or prepare.
Now here’s a little prelude to some of the widely used Asian sauces that add flavor, spice, (and everything nice) to our favorite Asian dishes.
Fish Sauce is a condiment widely used in South East Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. It’s a staple seasoning used in various dishes to make them savory. This type of sauce is often added to stir-fry dishes, dips, marinades, and sauces to enhance the flavor of many of our Asian favorites.
This sauce has a tangy and sweet taste made of soy sauce, sake, sugar, and ginger. Teriyaki originated in Japan in the 17th century. It’s also one of the main components of some of the well-loved Japanese dishes that we know.
Moreover, the word Teriyaki is a Japanese term which translates to a ‘method of cooking’ while yaki means ‘grilled.’ It also has a variety of uses such as marinade, dipping sauce, seasoning, and more.
Sriracha Chili Sauce
Sriracha Chili Sauce is another popular Asian sauce that hails from Sriracha, Thailand aptly called Sriracha sauce. Its main components include chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, and salt formed as a chili sauce or paste. It is often present in different Asian dishes like sauces, marinades, toppings, and more.
Now that you have a bit of knowledge about some of these Asian sauces, it is also important to know how to properly store them at home. And here are some tips and hacks to do just that.
- Observe the First-In, First-Out (FIFO) method. Make sure to follow this primary rule when you get confused with the many sauces that you have at home. Food safety is important so you have to make sure that you implement stock rotation for food storage properly. This applies to any food items at home–frozen, refrigerated, and other non-perishable goods so that you can also avoid wastage because ‘wasted food is wasted money.’
- Label them. The safest way not to get confused with all your sauces or any food item ( which appear the same at times ) is to write their names on their corresponding containers. This also follows rule number one since you can also take note of their best-before dates so that you will be guided about what goes in and out first.
- Store them in their appropriate containers. There are simple yet useful products that you can rely on for when it comes to storing your condiments for cooking.
Here are some products that made it on our list.
You don’t want any mess over spills in the kitchen so one way to declutter is through these 5-piece storage jars that are ideal for your powdered spices and liquid condiments. This product is easy to use and comes in a durable stainless material with a transparent window to help you know what type of condiment is inside. Besides, it allows you to check which container needs refilling.
These Dip Clips Sauce Containers are ideal for spontaneous food trips at home or outdoors while “binge-watching” or chilling with friends. You shouldn’t worry about extra dishes or more cleaning because this one handy product saves more time and space. Also, this set of items is guaranteed easy to use, just clip these containers to your plate and you’re set. These are indeed your kitchen must-haves perfect for different dips, dressings, and sauces.
This product is made from high-quality glassware that allows you to store and dispense two different liquid condiments simultaneously. It also helps you save more time and space in storing your liquid ingredients in the kitchen. It also adds extra storage for other liquid ingredients that you like to save for future use.
All in all, it is good to know that we have these essential kitchen ingredients that simplify our lives. Moreover, these kitchen tips and hacks will surely come in handy for every homemaker too.