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If you know anything about Chinese cuisine, then the very mention of hoisin sauce would conjure up mental images of barbequed wings, Peking duck, or just shiny, gooey, dark brown goodness in front of your eyes. Hoisin sauce makes for a versatile Chinese sauce that is served as a dipping option for a sizeable number of Chinese dishes.
You can never really go wrong with stir-fried vegetables or chicken consumed along with hoisin sauce. Hoisin sauce can be made with garlic, fermented soybeans, vinegar, chili peppers, and sugar and makes for a wonderful accompaniment with stir-fried dishes, spring rolls, and mu shu pork. There are quite a number of methods involved in the making of hoisin sauce.
Go ahead and read on to find for yourself two great recipes that can help you make hoisin sauce all by yourself and bid a hearty farewell to stereotype sauces bought right off the monotonous shelves.
Hoisin Sauce With Garlic
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 Chili
- 100 gm Miso (a red bean paste)
- 4 tsp White Vinegar
- 4 tsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tbsp Molasses
- 100 ml Soy Sauce (dark)
- You can begin by crushing the garlic into a fine paste. Make it a point to crush the garlic into a smooth paste as having crumbs or bits of garlic can mar the texture of your sauce.
- Once done with the garlic, you can chop the chili into half and go-ahead to remove the seeds and the placenta. Don’t discard them. Chop the placenta and keep it aside along with the seeds to be used later in the sauce.
- In a separate clean bowl, take the miso and stir. As mentioned above, miso is a paste that is made out of red beans. Once you are done, add the garlic and the chili to the miso paste and stir all over again.
- Add the sesame oil to the miso mixture and using a clean, dry fork whisk the mixture slowly and steadily.
- Once done with whisking, add the vinegar to the bowl and whip all over again.
- You are almost done now. Just go ahead and add the soya sauce to the bowl.
- Warm the molasses in a microwave or over a gentle flame. Once the molasses melts, add it to the bowl containing the miso mixture and stir for one last time. Serve with your favorite Chinese rolls.
Hoisin Sauce Without Garlic
- 3 tbsp Black Bean Sauce
- 1 tsp Hot Chili Garlic Sauce
- 2 ½ tbsp Honey
- 2 tsp Ketchup
- 2 tsp Dark Soy
- Find yourself a large bowl. To this bowl, add the black bean sauce and the hot chili garlic sauce. Stir for a few seconds with a plastic spoon.
- To the mixture, add the honey and stir it until it is completely mixed.
- With this, you are halfway through the task of making hoisin sauce. Finish off the whole process by adding the ketchup to the black bean sauce, hot chili garlic sauce, and honey mixture. Then, slowly stir in the dark soy sauce into the bowl.
- Your sauce is almost ready now. Before serving, store the sauce in an airtight container and place the same in the refrigerator for an hour or so. This recipe makes just about 1/3rd of a cup of hoisin sauce. You can feel free to double the measurements for more sauce.
There you have two great and easy to put together recipes for hoisin sauce. The best part about these recipes is that they come in two flavors, with or without garlic. If you don’t have an ‘issue’ with garlic, you can use the first recipe.
However, if you are not particularly fond of garlic, you can use the second recipe. Try out any of the above-mentioned hoisin sauce recipes and treat your taste bud to the luscious delight of Chinese dip.