Spicy Peanut Sauce

Makes about  1 1/2 cups of sauce

This is my all-time favorite peanut dipping sauce.  It's thick!  It's dark!  It's spicy!  Marsha Calegari serves it as an accompaniment to an assortment of  raw and partially cooked vegetables.  It's become a traditional dish at her annual Christmas tree trimming party, but it's great all year round.

Ingredients:

bunch of fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup smooth peanut butter *
1 TBS sesame oil
1/2 cup Kikkoman soy sauce + 1 TBS
2 1/2 TBS sugar

6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 TBS hot chili sauce **
1 TBS rice vinegar
 

*   Marsha prefers unsalted natural smooth peanut butter.

** Marsha uses May Lin brand Red Hunan Chili Sauce imported from China,  but any Chinese-style chili sauce is fine.

Preparation:

The sauce can be made several hours in advance. 

Left over sauce can be diluted with hot water and served over hot or cold Chinese noodles.