Dim Sum Dipping Sauce!


For about 6 months from late 2003 into 2004 I worked as a cook at Cha Fahn, a tea room that also served food.  Although Cha Fahn went out of business several years ago, I still have fond memories of the time I spent cooking there (I’ll write more about this soon).

When we first opened, the menu featured an array of small open-faced tea sandwiches, dim sum, larger lunch-sized sandwiches, and a handful of entrees suitable for lunch or dinner.  The dim sum was always popular, and the sauce we served with it was outstanding – many customers asked for the recipe.   It’s actually blissfully simple to make – just mix equal parts soy sauce and vinegar, then add small amounts of sesame oil and sriracha (chili sauce).  It’s a versatile dipping sauce that goes perfectly with dim sum but can also be used as a marinade, a condiment to drizzle over vegetables, or, my personal favorite, salad dressing!

This is a modified version of what we served at Cha Fahn.

Dim Sum Dipping Sauce

Yield: Makes a little over ½ cup


  • ¼ C. soy sauce
  • ¼ C. black vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha (for a spicier sauce use 2 tsp.)
  • sliced scallions for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk it all together. Done!

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