Dumpling dipping sauce

Danielle wrote about Chop Chop in Leith in June. The wonderful people who brings you Chop Chop dumplings are good enough to freeze some of them for your private delectation. Here’s my favourite dumpling dipping sauce, tasty and versatile, to eat with Jian’s potstickers or your own, home-made dumplings.


Dumpling dipping sauce
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Typically, you'll use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts soy, and as much of the flavourings as you want to achieve the flavour you are after. If this is your first ever time, take 1 small clove of garlic, half an inch of ginger, a handful of coriander leaf and half a medium chili. As you get used to the sauce, you can add or subtract amounts to suit your taste. For a satay-style sauce, add a couple of table spoons of peanut butter. For a Thai-inspired sauce, swap vinegar for lime juice and coriander for basil.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 1 batch
Standard ingredient
  • Light soy sauce
  • Sherry or rice wine vinegar
  • garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • fresh ginger, finely chopped or minced
  • fresh chilli, finely chopped
  • fresh coriander, finely chopped
Optional ingredients:
  • Peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • Basil, finely chopped
  • Lime juice
  1. Mix garlic, ginger, chillies, vinegar and soy sauce to taste.
  2. Add coriander.
  3. Serve.
  4. A note on amounts

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About Caroline von Schmalensee

Cooking, eating and drinking is fun as well as necessary. I do food for fun and I write for a living. Good food makes the world a more delicious and satisfying place. Good writing, meanwhile, can make the world a less confusing place.


  1. but what are the measurements of the ingredients?

    • I use roughly the 2 soy to 1 vinegar ratio. I prefer more soy and less vinegar so my real ratio is probably more like 5 to 1. The beauty with this sauce is that you can adjust it to fit your own taste, but why not start with:

      2 tbsp soy
      1 tbsp rice vinegar
      1/2 clove garlic
      2 cm square ginger
      1/3 chilli
      1 tbsp chopped coriander

      That gives you a base from which to experiment.

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