Shacha sauce

Shacha sauce
Commercially available shacha sauce in a bowl with coriander to be used in hot pot
Traditional Chinese 沙茶
Simplified Chinese

Shacha sauce (Chinese: 沙茶; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sa-te; also spelled sa cha sauce), or paste is a Chinese condiment primarily used in Fujian, Teochew, and Taiwanese cuisines. It is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp.[1] It has a savory and slightly spicy taste.

The ingredient has multiple uses:

  • as a base for soups
  • as a rub for barbecued meats
  • as a seasoning for stir fry dishes
  • as a component for dipping sauces, for example as used in hot pot meals

Shacha sauce is also known as sa-te sauce in the Hokkien dialect, reflecting its origin back to the satay sauce introduced by expatriate Chinese returning from South East Asia. It is however quite different from the peanut-based satay sauce popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

See also


  1. Mary Kate Tate & Nate Tate (2011). Feeding the Dragon. Kansas City, Missouri, USA: Andrews McMeel Publishing Ltd. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-4494-0111-5. Retrieved 12 April 2012.

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