Several Asian cultures make a version of peanut sauce. This one may not be the most authentic, but it’s really, really good. Serve it as a dipping sauce, over cold noodles, tossed in a salad, or with our summer rolls.
What to buy: Look for hoisin sauce and chile-garlic paste in the Asian section of your supermarket. For the chile paste, we prefer the one made by Huy Fong Foods (with the rooster on the jar!).
We like to use natural peanut butter in this recipe. If you use the conventional kind, omit the sugar called for below.
Game plan: You can make this sauce a day ahead. Just keep it refrigerated in a covered container. Let it sit for a bit at room temperature before serving.