{Versions & Verdicts} Dini’s Best Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

The best sweet chili sauce I have ever tasted!

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As a person who loves to cook (and eat), I always have pantry-must-haves – two types of ketchups (banana and tomato), vinegars (apple cider, rice vinegar and the white one), dried powders, blah blah blah… and dipping sauce and that is sweet chili sauce. I always have a bottle or two and I make sure to buy one before it’s all gone. I can’t be out of sweet chili sauce or else there will be chaos. 😀 I don’t use them that much, but if I begin to, I could finish half of the bottle at once. And no, I don’t drink it. Really. 😀

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I’ve always wanted to make my own sweet chili sauce, but I don’t want to use fresh red chilies. So when I found Dini’s Best Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce, I just couldn’t let it pass. I love how she used Sambal Oelek instead of fresh red chilies. I mean, it’s mess and hassle free. Let’s say I am not too friendly with slicing/chopping things off.

Sambal Oelek
Sambal Oelek

This sauce is amazingly good even without the presence of cayenne powder. The house smelled incredible while I was making this. I could not easily forget the smell or the taste of something I really, really love… but when I made this and got to taste it, I forgot how the store-bought sweet chili sauce smells and tastes like. And it only means one thing – I have to ditch the store-bought one and make this more often.

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As I am writing this, I still have half of the recipe sitting beautifully inside the fridge and soon to be devoured with some eggplant omelette and a good serving of rice. Yum! 😀

Sweet Chili Sauce


  • 1 ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 120g white sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 63g Sambal Oelek


  1. In a small bowl, mix cornflour and water. Set aside.
  2. In a nonstick sauce pan, add in the rest of the ingredients and over a medium-high heat, simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add in the cornflour-water mixture and continue simmering until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Let cool a little and transfer to a sterilized air-tight glass jar to keep it longer.
  5. Let cool to room temperature before storing inside the fridge.


1/2 tsp cayenne pepper can also be added for an extra kick. 

2-3 bird’s eye chili can be used (instead of Sambal Oelek) which I think will give you a  mildly hot kick. 

This yields about 1 1/2 cups.

Source recipe: The Best Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce by The Flavor Bender

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I wanted to show you how it looks like, but I can’t get a clear shot. 😦

I am thankful to Dini for sharing this very wonderful recipe that I am sure I am going to make frequently. Dini has such an amazing, amazing blog and mouth-watering, tempting GIFs. 😀 If you haven’t visited her yet, now is the right time. 😀 Just go to The Flavor Bender and you’ll see what I am talking about. 😉

I am sharing this sweet chili sauce with my friends at Fiesta Friday # 108, an awesome party hosted by Angie and co-hosted by Suzanne and Zeba.

I wish you also try this recipe and I am sure you’d not regret it. I wish you all a lovely weekend, and…

Wishing you a day full of smiles! 😀 😀 😀


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83 thoughts on “{Versions & Verdicts} Dini’s Best Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

  1. I love sweet chilli sauce but have never made it. We grow chillis in the greenhouse so I have pinned this recipe to try in the summer! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  2. I love chilli sauce! Can’t wait to try this☺ Would you like to judge the challenge for April too? Or are you participating this time?☺☺☺☺☺☺

    1. Thanks a lot, Lina.
      I’d like to be the judge again. I am scared to participate, I don’t have much background with veggies or anything with veggie in it.😂😂😂 Thanks again for the opportunity, Lina. Soooo excited!

  3. I have been wanting to make my own home-made chili sauce for ages, and here it is! I always have a bottle in the fridge but this looks so fresh and flavorful~

    Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday~


  4. * just the sight of some foods tickles our taste buds and this sauce is surely one of them.
    I need to unfollow and follow you back Jhuls because your posts don’t appear on my reader.

    1. This sauce really awesome! I still have some sitting inside the fridge – waiting for the weekend to be enjoyed again. And I am trying how long it will last inside the fridge. 😀 Thanks, Ana! x

    1. That was my question when I saw Dini’s recipe. She used 200g sugar & I used 180g. 180g is fine with me, so you can cut yours, too. And let me know. 😀 Thanks, Chef Mimi. x

  5. I love sweet chili sauce as well Jhuls, though maybe not quite as much as you do! (Your comment about drinking made me laugh 😀 ). The sauce looks just like the one from the bottle, and sounds so much better! I like how making it at home would give the option to adjust the sweetness. Dini is a source of so many amazing recipes and ideas!

    1. If only I won’t get sick when I drink this, I will. 😀 I am crazy over sweet chili sauce (like eggs) – I should always have some ready to be used. Thanks a lot, Laurie. x

    1. Hmmm, I am still dreaming of making my own Harissa. 😀 This is excellent with egg rolls, Linda, or anything fried. 😉 Thanks, my friend and have a lovely weekend, too. x

  6. It looks absolutely delicious, I am so with you on the sweet chilli sauce thing. I would never have thought of using sambal olek! Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

  7. Now I need to find the sambal bottle. sounds delicious. I have the same set of vinegars too including red wine vinegar. Use that a lot for salads. Between I got the same mat.. 😉

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