Though the pandemic continues to prevent international travel, our kitchens remain hubs of creativity that invite gastronomic journeys through different cuisines. Take your tastebuds on a delicious trip through the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, and more with these seven staple Asian condiments, and continue reading to discover some great recipes that showcase these sauces.
1. XO Sauce
Despite its name, this flavourful umami condiment does not actually have any cognac - however, XO sauce does represent a similar prestige, rich with dried shrimp and scallop, aged salted Jinhua ham, as well as alliums and chilli for added flavour. Originating in Hong Kong, the textured concoction is often added to noodle and rice dishes to achieve a deeper flavour, or used as a tableside condiment to accompany various meals like dim sum.