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Guaiwei Sauce

Loosely translating to "Strange Sauce" this recipe from Sichuan cuisine of China is a combination of just about every flavor. It is sweet, salty, aromatic, spicy, earthy, and sour. No one flavor stands out and each blends together in a delicate balance to create something truly unique.


  • 3 tablespoons seasoned soy sauce (*see notes above)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame paste (*see notes above)
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil (*see notes above)
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil sediment (The flakes at the bottom)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger


  • Whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth. Prior to serving whisk again, or shake in a sealed jar.
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sauce is all that is needed for an individual serving. This can also be added to a coconut cream or coconut milk for a seasoned sauce; however, it is more rich if used as is.