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Chairman's Sauce

Chairman's Sauce

This is a Great sauce for grilled meats and vegetables

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon shaved green onion
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
pinch salt 

Process

squeeze lime juice in a small bowl
Add fish sauce (aka Nam Pla)
season with sugar and salt
add remaining ingretients, stir

serve immediately with grilled meats and or vegetables
sauce is amazing with scrambled eggs

This sauce is an excellent example of flavor balance, it combines the 4 major flavors
sweet, sour, bitter and salt
the lime is tart, the nam pla is bitter, the sugar is sweet, and the salt is, salty
The 5th major flavor is Umami, which will come from the meat you eat the sauce with.

For Fun:
Taste the lime juice alone, then taste it again after adding the fish sauce, it's amazing how the fish sauce neutralizes the tartness of the lime. Taste again as you add sugar and salt and see how the flavor is transformed with each addition. This should give you insight into how the sweet, sour, bitter and salt flavors work.

*you may add a few dashes of soy sauce instead of the salt

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