Sweet, salty and spicy sauce used in Chinese cuisine
Hoisin sauce is a thick, soy sauce based sauce that is brownish-red in color with a slightly sweet, hot flavor. It is used as a condiment for roasted meats, mixed in stir-fries, and in dips. Although recipes may vary, the main ingredients of hoisin sauce are fermented soy bean paste, sugar, garlic, vinegar, Chinese five spice and chilis. Hoisin sauce balances sweet, salty and spicy making it a classic ingredient in Chinese cuisine. Che hau is a slightly spicier version of hoisin sauce. A redder version of hoisin sauce colored by annatto seeds is sometimes sold as "barbeque sauce" and is used in roasting pork.
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