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Egg roll condiments.

redchile Apr 11, 2007 04:50 PM

I'm talking about the average dine-in/take-out Chinese egg rolls. You know the one's that usually cost $2-$3 for two. The dipping or side condiment to go with these is usually either hot mustard or sweet-sour sauce.

I like the hot mustard okay, but a little goes a long way, too much and my sinuses are throbbing. I've never been a fan of sweet-sour sauce. Then, there's always the little soy sauce packets tossed in for take-out. I've never liked those either, too salty, and of questionable quality.

Does anyone have any tasty condiments besides these to go with egg rolls.?

  1. Carb Lover May 6, 2007 11:44 PM

    Equal parts ketchup and sriracha = addictive.

    1. c
      clearskies0810 May 2, 2007 09:16 PM

      Some of these suggestions kind of gross me out! haha

      I like to eat mine wrapped in lettus and dipped in fish sauce - the Vietnamese way to eat egg rolls.

      1. monku May 2, 2007 06:04 PM

        You haven't had the best egg roll condiment.....Saucy Susan Duck Sauce.
        Classic NY duck sauce goes way back.


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          swsidejim May 2, 2007 02:11 PM

          My favorites:

          Hot mustard
          sweet and sour sauce

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            chef chicklet May 2, 2007 05:51 PM

            my favorite is sliced serrano chile in rice vinegar with a little sugar to dip in
            or Soy Suace with a healthy tsp. of hot chile paste, and fresh garlic.

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              rcheng May 6, 2007 07:57 PM

              I recall whenver our family made spring rolls, it was eaten with vinegar

          2. ArikaDawn May 2, 2007 02:09 PM

            At my house we typically use sweet and sour chili sauce or hot mustard. We were out of both of these a few months back and ended up using spicy honey mustard which wasn't bad even though it probably sounds weird.

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              justagthing Apr 30, 2007 09:30 PM

              When I was a little girl, I would eat mine with ketchup or sweet and sour sauce. My family had the old style Americanized Chinese restaurant.

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              1. re: justagthing
                dinwiddie May 1, 2007 08:37 AM

                I think what you get depends on where you are. My son used to love duck sauce on his egg rolls when he was young (he called it boy sauce) But when we went to San Francisco, it was nowhere to be found. Instead they offered sweet and sour sauce. My friends said that they had never seen it. I guess it is an east coast thing. Personally, I prefer a good, really hot mustard, but duck sauce is good for the younger set.

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                  justagthing May 1, 2007 01:27 PM

                  Actually it was different for me. I grew up at our family restaurant and had the ability to use whatever I wanted for sauce. So when I was little, I would experiment. Lots of people, our customers, would use hot mustard and/or soy sauce. I even tried it with our brown gravy, but didn't like it that way.

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                torty Apr 12, 2007 01:43 PM

                The kids like good soy sauce mixed with a little sweet and a little sour. For the sweet try a little jam like plum or orange or currant, for the sour a drop or two of balsamic, a squirt of orange, or some juice from the pickled ginger jar. Had some fresh ginger syrup left over from the warm tofu "pudding" the other day and it was really good mixed with the soy.

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                  dty Apr 12, 2007 11:03 AM

                  Worcestershire sauce: that's the standard accompaniment to egg/spring rolls in Hong Kong. When I first got off the boat, I was so skeeved out by the red sauce that some Chinese restaurants served with the egg rolls.

                  1. JMF Apr 11, 2007 10:05 PM

                    Ask them to give you some plum or hoisin sauce, and some chili in oil. Mix them together... mmm.

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                    1. re: JMF
                      mrbozo May 2, 2007 04:47 PM

                      I like hoisin mixed with mashed fresh garlic and some soy sauce (have to add a dab of sriracha to the blend next time).

                    2. QueenB Apr 11, 2007 05:40 PM

                      I combine the mustard and duck sauce together. You get a sweet-hot combo that's not too hot nor too sweet.
                      Try it sometime!

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                        Striver Apr 12, 2007 06:05 AM

                        Unless the restaurant provides seriously hot mustard and decent duck sauce (not the bland stuff in cellophane packets), I prefer a good hot-sweet mustard; we use Inglehoffer's.

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                          sarahvagaca May 1, 2007 12:29 AM

                          Me too! The mustard is a bit spicy for me, so I don't use it all--I just put a good squeeze of it into the duck sauce and stir it up. Simple and a better balance of hot and sweet.

                        2. ceejoi Apr 11, 2007 04:56 PM

                          Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce - sold in a glass bottle, you can find it at asian super markets.
                          Not hot, just sweet and perfect with egg rolls.

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                            flipss Apr 12, 2007 06:19 AM

                            love sweet chili sauce, just enough hint of chili, not too spicy and yes!, perfect for
                            egg rolls. *drool*

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                              redchile Apr 12, 2007 09:31 AM

                              I bought a bottle of Mae Ploy Chili Sauce today. I'm anxious to try it out. I like the idea of hot-sweet and hot-sour, just not sweet-sour. So, some of the other options sound good too, mustard and duck sauce, and hoisin and chili oil.

                              1. re: redchile
                                ceejoi Apr 12, 2007 09:49 AM

                                pls, let us know how u like it :)

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                                  redchile Apr 30, 2007 08:32 AM

                                  The Mae Ploy Chilli Sauce goes very well with egg rolls. It's sweet, and there's enough heat from the chiles to provide a pleasant zing.

                              2. re: ceejoi
                                kcchan May 1, 2007 08:39 AM

                                Mmm sweet chili sauce also my favorite.

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