Basil Dipping Sauce
About ½ cup
This dead-easy sauce is incredibly useful, especially considering that you can completely change its nature by replacing the basil with cilantro or mint, or using them in combination.
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce, plus more to taste
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 or 2 fresh Thai chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, preferably Thai
Whisk all the ingredients with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Let sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to meld, then serve.
Lemongrass Dipping Sauce
Replace the basil with 1 stalk lemongrass, peeled, trimmed, and minced.
Lime Leaf Dipping Sauce
Replace the basil with 1 lime leaf, minced, or the grated zest of a lime.