6 tbsps. canola oil
3 tbsps. minced red onion
9 clove garlic, minced
7 1/2 tbsps. minced fresh ginger
6 tbsps. white sugar
6 tbsps. Sambal Oelek
4 1/2 tbsps. fish sauce
Heat oil in a small sauce pot. Stir cook onion, garlic and ginger until softened and fragrant.
Add sugar and Sambal Oelek, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce.
Cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerate leftover sauce in a glass container with a tight lid for up to 2 weeks. This sauce is great on any sandwich or burger. It also makes an excellent dressing for coleslaw when mixed with a bit of mayonnaise.
Sambal Oelek is a Southeast Asian chile paste made with chiles, sugar and salt. It’s available in Asian supermarkets and in most larger grocery stores. Substitute 3 Tbsps (or to taste) hot sauce if Sambel Oelek is not available.
Fish sauce, also known as nam pla, nuoc nam, patis, and shottsuru, is a common ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking. Look for it in the Asian section of the grocery store. It will keep for months in the fridge.