Filipino Spicy Vinegar Dip (Sawsawan)

Filipino cuisine includes a lot of rich pork dishes. This vinegar-based dipping sauce to cut through all that richness to provide a cool and tangy element to any meal.

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Filipino Spicy Vinegar Dip- Sawsawan

This dip compliments rich foods, especially fatty pork dishes. It takes 5 minutes to put together.
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Course: Condiment, Dip
Cuisine: Philippines, Southeast Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Pint or quart sized jar with lid


  • 3 cup Vinegar (palm, apple, or rice vinegar)
  • 1 large Red onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic, pounded with blade of large knife
  • 1 tbsp Black peppercorns
  • 3 medium Red chilis, sliced thin (red Thai or jalapeno are good)
  • 1 medium Scotch bonnet or jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • 3 tbsp Sugar (white or light brown)
  • 1 pinch Salt (Kosher or Sea Salt)


  • Combine all the ingredients in a jar, screw on the lid, and shake to combine. Refrigerate 2-3 days to allow the flavors to meld together. To serve, shake jar thoroughly and our into small dipping bowl, one for each diner.


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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