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Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Thai-style sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Perfect with fish cakes or for dipping spring - egg rolls and is ready to serve in just 10 minutes.

Thai sweet and sour dipping sauce in a small bowl.
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Now, this isn't the red-coloured sweet and sour chilli sauce that's laden with ketchup, this is a clear dipping sauce but equally tasty - oh and spicy hot!

Thai Fish Sauce

Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla) is available in any good supermarket or over on Amazon - but don't buy it on Amazon unless you really have to as most are overpriced compared to the supermarket.

Ingredients in Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

  • white wine vinegar
  • caster sugar
  • water
  • Thai fish sauce 
  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • onion
  • birds eye chillies

What to serve with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

  • Thai fish cakes 
  • Spring rolls or egg rolls 
  • Fried Won Ton Dumplings 
  • Thai Steamed Dumplings
  • Chinese Dim Sum 
Thai dipping sauce.

How to make Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

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Yield: 4
Author: Jan Bennett
Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Spicy Thai sweet and sour dipping sauce - perfect with Thai fishcakes.
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 3 MinInactive time: 4 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 50ml white wine vinegar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1½ tbsp water
  • 2 teaspoons Thai fish sauce
  • 2 inches (5 cm) piece of cucumber - seeds removed and diced very finely
  • 2 inches (5 cm) carrot - diced very finely
  • ½ a small onion - peeled and chopped very finely
  • 2 red bird's eye chillies - sliced very thinly


  1. Gently heat the vinegar, sugar and water in a small pan until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Bring to the boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Stir in the fish sauce, cucumber, carrot, onion and chillies.
  4. Pour into four small dipping saucers and serve.
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