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Hoisin Sauce - Glossary of Chinese Ingredients and Cooking Terms

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Hoisin Sauce

Sweet and spicy hoisin sauce is used in many northern Chinese dishes

Rhonda Parkinson
Definition: Hoisin sauce is made from soybean paste and flavored with garlic, sugar, chilies, and other spices and ingredients. A thick sauce valued for its unique combination of sweet, salty and spicy flavors, it is used in sauces, to glaze roasted meat, and as a dipping sauce. Flavorful hoisin sauce is the secret ingredient in many Chinese barbecue sauce recipes.

Hoisin sauce is available in both jars and cans. If purchased in a can, transfer to a closed container and refrigerate. If purchased in a jar, refrigerate after opening. Recommended Brands: Koon Chun, Pearl River Bridge.

Written by Rhonda Parkinson
Pronunciation: Hoy sin
Alternate Spellings: Hoi sin sauce
Examples:
Recipes Using Hoisin Sauce:
Barbecued Pork
Baked Hoisin Sauce Chicken Wings
Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Mongolian Beef

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