A saucy email

If you know me, you know I love sauce. No sandwich, French fry or dumpling should be dry. It’s serious: my fridge is organized into sections for hot, sweet, pickled, and the miscellaneous big condiments, plus an overflow area for jars of kimchi, sauerkraut, and chili oil.

In the midst of a few larger projects, I paused this weekend to make a quick gouache study of a few of my loves from the fridge.

Buying the right condiments takes time and exploration of your local supermarkets. My newest favorite place to find sauces is Costco, because you can buy one giant mayo and one large mustard and you’re set for quite a while. The small grocery store near my house is reliable for staples like Crystal and Frank’s, plus Worcestershire and it’s Jamaican relative Pickapeppa. The sauce and condiment aisle at Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown is my go-to spot for vinegars, soybean pastes, and the bulk of my sweet sauce collection (see XL Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce above).

For the condiment-curious, give tamarind chutney a try. It’s sweet, spicy, vegan, and good on pretty much everything (truly, I’ve put it on ice cream).

Wishing you a sauce-stocked pantry this week!

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