David's Recipe for West Lake Sauce

For Tamar, by request. Shockingly easy.

Universal Sauce, Brooklynite

  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 20 slices of fresh ginger (Don't bother peeling them first.)
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup strong, good soy sauce, such as Kikkoman or San-J
  1. Boil the water, ginger, and sugar together for a few minutes.
  2. Lower to a simmer and add the vinegar.
  3. Make a slurry of the wine and cornstarch. Bring the sauce back to a boil and thoroughly mix in the cornstarch slurry. Simmer for a few more minutes.
  4. Thoroughly mix in the soy sauce.
  5. Serve over fish, meat, vegetables, almost anything.

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