Chinese, Condiment

Grandma’s Garlic Chili Sauce

This garlic chili sauce is my very own grandma’s recipe. Back in those days, there were no such thing as tomato sauce or chili sauce. So my grandma came up with her very own version of chili sauce. She concocted this recipe during her single days (before marrying her husband). This recipe has stand the test of time. My grandma made this for my mother and her brother and she made these for my sister and me. And now I’m sharing this family tradition with you, my readers.

To make this garlic chili sauce, you gotta be a garlic lover and a lover of sweet and sour. This is a chili sauce that will tempt your taste bud in three different senses namely salty, sweet and sour.

Grandma's Garlic Chili Sauce
Grandma’s garlic chili sauce.

Let’s cook!

Ingredients For Grandma's Garlic Chili Sauce
Deseed the chilies and peel the garlic.

Blend Chili & Garlic
Slice the chilies into smaller sizes. Use a chopper/blender. If you prefer, you can use pestle and mortar. Blend until you get a smooth paste.

Add Sugar, Lime & Soy Sauce
Lastly add sugar, soy sauce and lime juice. Mix well. Pour into an empty bottle and store in the fridge.

Grandma's Garlic Chili Sauce
This condiment is best accompany with fish, chicken, fried mee/mihun or even grandma’s fried pork ball dish.

Hope you like it!

Grandma’s Garlic Chili Sauce

10 red chilies, remove seed & sliced into smaller pieces for easy blend later
1 large garlic bulb, peeled
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons soy sauce (use less salty soy sauce like Lee Kum Kee brand)
2 tablespoons sugar
3 lime, juiced

The soy sauce, sugar and lime juice measurement above is just my guideline. You should adjust according to your taste. The final taste of the garlic chili sauce should be salty, sweet and sour.

1. Blend red chilies and garlic until become smooth paste.

2. Add soy sauce, sugar and lime juice. Mix well.

3. Pour the garlic chili in a sterilized jar and store in the fridge. It can be kept for over a month or more.


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  • Reply Constance Ant August 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    so gonna bookmark this! mami’s friend used to give us bottles of this.. it goes SO WELL with EBERYTHING i kid you not!!

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Hope you like my grandma’s recipe. I’ve seen another version which uses vinegar instead of lime and soy sauce.

  • Reply June January 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    so this sauce doesn’t require cooking it, is that right ? also the soy sauce is it light soy sauce ?

    • Reply Che-Cheh January 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Hi June, yup no cooking. And yes light soy sauce. Thanks for trying my grandma’s recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Jannie February 25, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Hello Che-Cheh just wondering can this sauce be frozen?

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 25, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Jannie, I never tried freezing this sauce before. Perhaps you can first make a small batch and try freezing it. Let me know the result. 🙂

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