Whenever our family dines at our local Chinese restaurant, we take along a bottle of San-J's gluten free, low-sodium Tamari Sauce. The chef is happy to use it and knows to make our order in a clean wok using the tamari as a substitution for traditional soy sauce. The taste is indistinguishable. (The cool thing is that San-J also sells individual-sized travel packets of their gluten free tamari, which is perfect when you don't want to -- or can't -- haul your own bottle of tamari around.
A while back, San-J also came out with a full line of gluten free cooking sauces that make creating an Asian-inspired meal at home a breeze. I've used their Orange Sauce and Thai Peanut Sauce before, both as a dressing/marinade for chicken -- with great results. Last night, I decided to use their Mongolian Sauce to make Mongolian Beef, which I figured would be a hit with my family.
The "recipe," if you even want to call it that, is right on the back of the bottle of San-J Mongolian Sauce. All told, I used 7 ingredients to make dinner: Asian stir-fry oil, corn starch, beef pre-cut for stir fry, the Mongolian sauce, broccoli (not traditionally part of Mongolian beef dishes, but I wanted the extra veggies), green onions, and rice. Preparation was easy...lightly dust the stir-fry strips with corn starch, and place in wok with heated oil. Stir the beef while cooking, add the broccoli, then the sauce, and let simmer for the flavor of the sauce to absorb into the beef. Sprinkle with green onions and serve over rice. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and would likely make it again. This particular sauce wasn't as sweet as San-J's Orange Sauce.
Other San-J cooking sauces (which I have not yet tried) include Szechuan, Teriyaki, Sweet & Tangy, and Asian BBQ. All seven cooking sauces are not only gluten-free...but also kosher and non-GMO. You can literally re-create all the favorite Asian dishes you remember...but may not have been able to enjoy since going gluten-free. And the best thing is...you can do this right at home, and with relative ease!
I encourage you to visit the Recipe section of San-J's website to select recipes using all their different sauces. You can even narrow your search by type of diet you're following (gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium, vegetarian), type of dish (appetizer, main course, side dish, soup, etc.), and main ingredient (beef, lamb, chicken, seafood, etc.). They even have some cool Bento lunch box ideas (shown above, with the handy gluten-free tamari packets!).
Have you tried any of San-J's gluten free cooking sauces? What's YOUR favorite? Leave a comment below...