This Vietnamese inspired sauce combines the French, Indian and Chinese elements often found in this cuisine. This is a fine sauce served with Wild Mushroom Ravioli, but also can be used as a dipping sauce with seared scallops or grilled fish.

Vietnamese Inspired Savory Sauce

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Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Moderately difficult
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Asian chili sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsp corn starch to make a slurry to thicken sauce


  • Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
  • Combine red wine, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, Asian chili sauce in a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, about 30 minutes.
  • Add reserved mushroom juice (if serving with wild mushrooms) and chicken stock and reduce to 3/4 of a cup, another 30 minutes. Check for seasoning.
  • Combine 1 -2 tablespoons of corn starch with 3-4 tablespoons of water and stir to combine into a slurry. Bring the sauce to a fast simmer and add some of the slurry a little at a time, stirring constantly, until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

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