Hakka Chile Sauce

In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best: This simple chile sauce is served with Hakka-Style Salt-Baked Chicken, but it's great on all types of meat. The fruity-hot blend mixes with rice vinegar and a touch of sugar for a balanced, endlessly enjoyable flavor.

Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 tablespoons


  • 1 tablespoon Chinese chile sauce (such as Tso Hin Kee Chinese Chili Sauce) (see Note)

  • 1 tablespoon hot water

  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Let stand at least 15 minutes; stir before serving.


Chinese chile sauce is a fruity-hot blend of chiles and spices. Do not confuse chile sauce with hot bean paste or a product labeled “chili paste with garlic.”

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