When we want to get our meal on, the way to absolutely get the dish to a whole new level is simply by using the right sauce. The sauce is seen by many as a complement to the dish. By others, the sauce is seen as the absolute star of the dish because the food itself would risk being bland without it.
There are several delicious advantages when using the right sauce. First, you will be able to add a whole new level of texture to your dish. Whether the sauce is chunky or smooth, thick or thick, there is always an adequate use case for it. Eating roast chicken is great, but roast chicken with pesto sauce is on a whole other level. You can also use the sauce to balance out the different tastes from the other ingredients of the dish. If there are ingredients that are acidic, having an oil-heavy sauce can counterbalance this to make sure that the acidity is not overwhelming.
Even more than that, sauces can add juiciness and a more visual appeal to your dish. Eggs Benedict looks great by itself, but once that Hollandaise sauce is poured on it, it becomes absolutely irresistible.
This begs the question, however, is there such a thing as a sauce that goes on everything? Here are a few that you might want to try out.
1. Adobo-Honey Sauce
Adobo Honey sauce is a very good twist on a Filipino favorite. What makes this sauce so unique is that it is both sweet and tangy and works with just about any piece of meat that you use it on, whether it is pork, beef, or chicken. The flavors that you get with this sauce are very complex and very satisfying because of how unusual it is.
2. Nuoc Nam
Nuoc Nam is an absolute Vietnamese favorite that is known for being very strong but still very satisfying. Nuoc Nam has a bit of an acquired taste to it though and not everybody will fall heads over heels in love with this sauce when they first try it. Given time, you will quickly realize that the strong fishy aroma is justified because of the sheer complexity of the flavors that you get from it. Imagine yourself enjoying some nice spring rolls with a sauce like this, it is absolutely irresistible.
Chimichurri sauce not only works on Mexican food, it works on absolutely anything that you can think about. The great thing about this sauce is that it has unparalleled aromas because of all the cilantro it utilizes. You can see this sauce mostly on tacos but if you ever find a reason to use this sauce on your sandwiches, burgers, soups, grilled vegetables, and various meats - do not hesitate to do so because it works great with just about everything. Give it a try and you will find out for yourself.
4. Marinara Sauce
Marinara sauce is an absolute favorite when it comes to Italian dishes such as various pasta-based foods. It also works great with eggplant because it gives the vegetable the kick that goes well with its texture. Marinara sauce is also a staple for calamari and various kinds of seafood. Don't limit yourself to choosing these food items when using marinara sauce though, it has a taste that can match any savory flavor profile.
5. Sichuan Chili Crisp
Probably the best sauce out of them all that works great with just about any piece of food that, you can imagine, is Fly By Jing chilli crisp. There is a reason why Sichuan food is known as the best food in China and this sauce will let you know why.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and try out the best recipes for these sauces and take your next meal to the next level!