This is my go-to sawsawan, a Filipino term meaning “dipping sauce”. My family always has this dipping sauce whenever we have grilled or fried food like grilled liempo (pork belly), fried fish, and fried tofu.
WHAT IS A SAWSAWAN?
Sawsawan is the Filipino word for dipping sauce. We love all different types of sawsawan for different foods but one of my favourites is a soy sauce and vinegar-based one, which are the two essential condiments and seasonings in Filipino cooking. This is what I like to call the ultimate dipping sauce and it’s delicious with fried tofu, grilled fish, and other dishes that have a subtle taste.
This sauce is packed with savoury, sour, and spicy notes with a little sweetness. I love the crunch from the onions and the juiciness of the tomatoes. Scooping this over fried or grilled foods really take it up a notch.
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS DIPPING SAUCE
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp calamansi juice or 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Ground pepper
- 1-2 tsp sugar adjust to desired sweetness
- 2-3 siling labuyo , bird’s eye chiles, or other chiles of choice
- 1 medium tomato diced
- 1 medium red onion diced
HOW TO ENJOY THIS SAWSAWAN
I had mine with air-fried tokwa or extra firm tofu and soaked the tofu with the sauce so the tofu absorbs the flavour! I love scooping the onions and tomatoes over the tomato and love it with steamed rice.
GREAT WITH GRILLED OR FRIED FOOD
This is great with fried extra firm tofu/tofwa, other deep fried dishes (with a subtle taste), and grilled dishes!
MORE VEGAN FILIPINO RECIPES YOU MIGHT LOVE
- Tokwa’t Baboy
- Filipino Kaldereta or ‘Meat’ Stew
- Mushroom Tocino
- Fried Garlic Rice
- Lumpiang Gulay or Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls
- Filipino “Pork” Barbecue
- Crispy Tofu Sisig
- Tofu and Mushroom Salpicao
- Bola-Bola (Filipino Meatballs)
The Ultimate Sawsawan (Filipino Dipping Sauce)
- Fried or air fried extra firm tofu
- Steamed rice
- Other grilled and fried food!
- Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, water, calamansi juice, pepper, and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Add the chiles, tomatoes, onions. Mix well and feel free to adjust to your taste.
- I had mine with air-fried tokwa or extra firm tofu and soaked the tofu with the sauce so the tofu absorbs the flavour! I love scooping the onions and tomatoes over the tomato and love it with steamed rice.
- This is great with fried extra firm tofu/tofwa, other deep fried dishes (with a subtle taste), and grilled dishes!
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