Soy sauce and fish sauce provide the umami punch in this fiery condiment, which can be sipped alongside rich dishes or drizzled on top.

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What You Will Need

Time: 24 hours


  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 4 chopped Hawaiian or Thai chiles
  • 10 oz. water
  • 1 tsp. Hawaiian or coarse sea salt


  1. Place 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, ½ teaspoon fish sauce, 1 bay leaf, 2 crushed garlic cloves, and 4 chopped Hawaiian or Thai chiles—or more to taste—in a sterilized bottle or jar.
  2. In a small pot, bring 10 ounces water and 1 teaspoon Hawaiian or coarse sea salt to a quick boil. Pour the boiling water over the rest of the ingredients, and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before consuming. Keeps indefinitely.