Sawsawan Ideas To Serve With Your Inihaw
Here are a few ideas.
Bring out the charcoal and your grilling supplies, and don't be afraid to grill food that is simple if you're running out of ideas on how to prepare it. You can get more creative and more flavorful with the dips you serve with it instead.
Sawsawan or dipping sauces are common in almost every cuisine. Whether you're eating a dish from the Americas or enjoying a dish from Thailand, you are bound to find that grilled meats are commonly served with a gravy, dip, or some form of sauce on the side. Your grilled food and your eating experience are bound to be made so much more flavorful.
Start with a base ingredient like these, and then work your way up to a dipping sauce that's delicious. Here are ideas on what to serve on the side of that inihaw feast:
1 Melted Butter
There is some food that is just made better with butter, and melted butter is one way to make sure that your grilled food is coated with every single bite. You can opt to just serve it with salted butter, gently melted so it's still milky rather than clarified for the fullest flavor or you can mix it with other ingredients to add even more flavor. This is especially delicious with seafood.
Here are melted butter mixes to try:
- • melted butter + garlic
- • melted butter + garlic + hot sauce
- • melted butter + lemon or calamansi juice
- • melted butter + garlic + lemon juice + ground cayenne pepper or Cajun seasoning
Want to level up your melted butter sauce? Brown it! Browned butter is nuttier than simply melted butter. You can make it by gently simmering unsalted butter until the milk solids that gather in the bottom of the pan turn a light golden brown or becomes toasted.
One of the classic sawsawan choices for inihaw has to be the suka or vinegar. It's a different taste to citrus juices. The sharp sourness of the vinegar is a delicious contrast to the smoky barbecued meat. If you're a fan of the sour condiment, mix it according to your taste with a little garlic and onions to make a seasoned vinegar that you'll want to serve with every inihaw meal you have.
Here are vinegar mixes to try:
- • vinegar + garlic
- • vinegar + garlic + chilis
- • vinegar + garlic + onions + black pepper
- • vinegar + soy sauce + onions + sugar + black pepper
- • vinegar + soy sauce + garlic
You can swap the usual coconut vinegar for apple cider vinegar for a different flavor, rice vinegar for a sweeter finish, and other vinegars to make your grilled meat better.
3 Fish Sauce
Patis or fish sauce is much maligned in other countries for its fishy aroma but Filipinos love their patis. Just like soy sauce, this is commonly mixed with other ingredients to temper its super salty taste. It's an essential ingredient in the preparation of dishes but when it comes to being a sawsawan, it needs contrasting flavors to help it become the pairing you want.
Here are mixes to try:
- • patis + calamansi or lemon juice
- • patis + calamansi juice + garlic
- • patis + sugar + lime or calamansi juice + cilantro leaves and stems + chilis
- • patis + green onions + garlic + ginger + calamansi juice + sugar + chilis