For me, one of the most wonderful culinary adventures while traveling around Singapore was experiencing the multitude of sauces available at the Street Food Markets. Each sauce was a delight varying from spicy to sweet to tart to sticky. The range of flavors between the various markets created a personal endeavor each visit to experience as many of these sauces as possible.
I quickly learned, there was really a base list of sauces from which variations were created depending on the Street Food Market or restaurant visited. Subtle nuances resulted in distinctly varied flavor results.
One of my favorites quickly became the orange bbq sauce. Sticky and sweet with the prevalence of orange flavor, the sauce paired well with poultry or meat. While some versions provided a more pronounced ginger layer, others had a distinctly increased level of garlic.
This recipe combines what I believe are the best of all the sauces I experienced. Predominately orange through the use of orange blossom honey, orange juice and orange zest, the sauce also gains additional flavor bursts with the fresh ginger and garlic balance. Bold, sweet and sticky, the sauce complements not only meat dishes but rice and roasted vegetable dishes as well.
¾ c ketsup
½ c orange blossom honey such as Walker Farms Orange Blossom Honey, if using regular honey increase orange zest by 1/2 teaspoon
3 T soy sauce
1 T blood orange infused olive oil such as Brava Gourmet Blood Orange Olive Oil, if using regular olive oil increase orange juice by 1 tablespoon and orange zest by 1/2 teaspoon
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1 T garlic, minced
2 T orange juice
½ t orange zest
1 T orange peel, thinly sliced
Place all ingredient in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until combined.
Add sauce to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add orange zest.
Pour sauce into a bowl. Top with orange peel slices. Serve warm. May be prepared in advance and reheated. Do not add zest and orange peel slices until ready to serve.