Sauces and condiments make the backbone of many Asian cuisines. Whether you’re frying rice or noodles, stir-frying vegetables, steaming tofu or making soups, sauces add flavour and fragrances to your dishes. And they are easy to incorporate into daily cooking. In addition, some sauces can be used as marinates. Others double up as dipping sauces. Here are some essential sauces and condiments for Asian cooking to keep in your kitchen cabinet.