Although the use of vinegar in cooking is extensive throughout most Asian cultures, westerners tend to think of it only as something for pickles or salad dressing. In this recipe, we’re going to show how Spiker’s Shrubs can be used as a key ingredient in three different types of Asian-inspired dipping sauces, and perhaps you’ll be inspired to attempt some variations of your own.
For this recipe, we’ve created a twist on the classic Ponzu sauce. Ponzu is distinguished by its bright citrus notes, balanced by the salty umame earthiness of the soy. In place of the traditional orange juice, mirin, rice vinegar and sugar, we’re using Spiker’s Sour Cherry Plum Shrub. (You could also use any other flavor and get interesting and savory results. It’s especially great with a combination of a fruity base shrub, plus our Chile Lime Shrub for heat and a citrus punch.)
Use this dipping sauce for egg rolls, spring rolls, or dumplings. Or brush over shrimp, salmon, or chicken prior to broiling or pan-searing to create a gorgeous and fragrant glaze.
PS – For another interesting recipe which works with all sorts of Fusion cuisine, try our Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (a.k.a. Nuoc Cham).
Asian-inspired Shrub Dipping Sauce No. 1
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 6 tbsp Spiker's Sour Cherry Plum Shrub or try Crangerine
- 1 fresh lime, squeezed please don't use bottled juice
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2-3 tbsp vegetable or chicken broth or water
Place soy sauce in a 2-cup bowl or container.
Add the lime juice, Sour Cherry Plum Shrub, sesame oil, and fresh lime juice. Swirl together vigorously to incorporate the oil.
Taste the sauce, and add vegetable or chicken broth one teaspoon at a time until the flavor suits your taste. (The goal is to soften the intensity of the soy and lime without silencing them altogether.)
NOTE: The use of vegetable or chicken stock isn't traditional, but we think it helps to cut back on some of the intense saltiness imparted by the soy sauce.
Take a bite out of your holiday shopping angst by swinging by the gorgeous Willowdale estate in Topsfield on November 22. This is not a holiday craft fair. Think of it more as a vibrant marketplace nestled in the rooms of an historic New England mansion. And Spiker’s Shrubs will be there with bells on. Sample our new shrubs … stock up on stocking stuffers including our newest mini shrub sampler … and meet other artisan food producers who share our passion for fresh, locally made products. Continue reading Sensational stuff made locally – a holiday emporium
Heading into Boston to check out the fabulous new Public Market? Be sure to stop by Corner Stalk Farm’s booth and pick up a box of gourmet greens hand-grown in their pesticide-free hydroponic East Boston compound. You can also pick up Spiker’s Shrubs to splash on your greens (or in your favorite spirits, seltzer, or tea). Our Pineapple Basil Shrub features basil fresh from Corner Stalk.
Check out our Master Recipe for vinaigrette here. Spiker’s Pineapple Basil Shrub makes greens sing! (You can use any of our shrubs for a delicious vinaigrette.)
We’re b-a-a-c-c-k-k-k! After the long, killer winter we’re thrilled to be sharing the floor at Shubie’s annual Food and Wine Fest with a select group of specialty purveyors. Stop by today from 1-5pm, and be sure to say hello to our first-of-the-season Strawberry Rhubarb shrub. New bottle size — a hefty 12 ounces — and a beautiful, fresh blend of two of New England’s favorite flavors.
PS – Be sure to say hello to our friends from Atlantic Saltworks, too!
By popular demand, we’re ready to roll out a new product: The Mini-Shrub Sampler. Our collection of nip-sized shrubs will give you a chance to sip and savor all of our flavors and decide which ones you like the most. (We hope you’ll love them all!) Want to know more? Use our contact form to be put on the Mini-Shrub release list. We’ll share the delivery date as soon as we get the ultrasound.
Check our flavors list and let us know which ones you love or are intrigued by. Or if you have a flavor passion we haven’t yet tapped, let us know what you’re leaning toward.
Starting Thursday, July 17, you’ll be able to purchase Spiker’s Shrubs at Tendercrop Farm in Newbury MA.
We’re so pleased to have this chance to introduce our refreshing concentrated fruit mixer family to the Greater Newburyport community!