1/2 cup water
5 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons Honey Ginger Vinegar
2 tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce (regular or low sodium)
1/2-1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
Pinch of black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small pot. Simmer the sauce 6-9 minutes until reduced by half and slightly thickened (it will thicken a bit more when it cools). Watch to be sure it doesn't dry out and burn. Remove from heat and let it come to room temperature.
When using, drizzle a light layer on your food and cook most of the way through. A couple minutes before the food is cooked, add another layer of sauce. Serve the remaining sauce on the side.
This sauce can also be used as a marinade or a dressing for an Asian-style salad or slaw.
* Note that because this sauce contains sugar, it will easily burn. When grilling, it's nice to use a foil pan or grill mat. The sauce will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.