Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce


This hot and sweet sauce is the best I've made. It tastes just like the ones I have tried at Chinese restaurants.

close up view of Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce in a white bowl, served with fried dumplings and fresh herbs
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • ½ cup rice vinegar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried red pepper flakes


  1. Bring vinegar to a boil in a small, nonreactive pot. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 5 minutes, and remove from heat.

  2. Mash garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle to a smooth paste. Add paste to sweetened vinegar in the pot. Stir in red pepper flakes. Cool to room temperature before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

101 Calories
0g Fat
26g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 26mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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