You can, of course, buy this wonderfully sweet and savory sauce. In fact, I have a whole jar of it in my refrigerator, but homemade is really tastier and not filled with thickeners and preservatives. See the notes for the recipe for the garnish.
1/3cupunsweetened apple juice concentrate(the frozen kind is fine)
1/8teaspoonred pepper flakes
1teaspoontoasted sesame seeds
Place all ingredients except the sesame seeds into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer until partially reduced, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add sesame seeds. Sauce should thicken as it cools. To use, warm slightly and serve over vegetables and tofu. Makes about 6 2-tablespoon servings.
Spicy Green Onion Garnish
For best color, make this right before you plan to serve it.4 green onions, bulb removed 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper 1-2 teaspoons minced hot chile pepper (I used jalapeño) 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 1/8 teaspoon sesame oilFinely chop the green onions. Mix them well with the remaining ingredients. Serve over eggplant or other vegetables.