|Photo courtesy of Sweet Sensation|
Sweet Sensation blog (in Croatian, but with English versions of recipes) has an excellent recipe for homemade sweet chili sauce, which I may use once my current bottle of "Taste of Asia" runs out. That could be any moment now. The measurements are in metric, but I'm sure Google Convert can help you out, American readers.
180 ml water
60 ml white vinegar
1/2 tbsp. salt
splash of soy sauce
1 tsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water
Cut the chili peppers in half and remove seeds. If you like it extra hot, keeps the seeds. Peel the garlic cloves and put them in a blender. Add chili peppers, vinegar, salt and sugar and puree. Pour the mixture into a saucepan, add water, soy sauce and fish sauce. Put the saucepan onto medium-high heat and cook until garlic and chili pieces are soft (4-5 minutes).
Combine the cornstarch and two tablespoons of water. Whisk the mixture into the chili sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens a bit. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Transfer to a clean jar, close the lid and refrigerate. This sauce keeps for a few weeks.