Makes about 3 cups (serving size: 1 tbsp.)
Photo: Thomas J. Story Styling: Joni Noe

How to Make It

Step 1

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, heat 2 cups water, then stir in sugar, fish sauce, and vinegar. Stir to dissolve sugar.

Step 2

If not thickening the sauce, let it cool, then stir in ginger, garlic, and lime juice. Add Sriracha and/or chile.

Step 3

If thickening the sauce, after sugar dissolves in Step 1, ladle 1/4 cup of mixture into a bowl and stir in cornstarch. Pour back into saucepan and simmer, stirring, until as thick as maple syrup, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool and add remaining ingredients as in Step

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