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Hoisin Sauce Substitute

The original hoisin sauce, which is also known as duck sauce or Peking sauce is made with fermented soy beans, vinegar, chilies and garlic. It has a thick pungent flavor in a complex mix of sweet, salty and spicy. You can usually find it in an asian market. I just can't find this in a bottle in the stores here and so I have had to make my own hoisin substitute. There are actually many different ways to make it and I am just listing a couple to get the idea. The use of 5 chinese herbs - a mixture of the herbs usually used in chinese cooking that are blended together and sold as a single spice - adds a lot of flavor at one time. Other recipes use red pepper, garlic or miso to add flavor. It should have a sweet component, molasses or fruit or jam. Hoisin is a great thing to use to add a special flavor to asian dishes like Tofu and Spring Peas.

 

Servings: varies
Duration: from 5 minutes to 1 hour
Utensils: hand mixer, blender or food processor


Version #1 Hoisin Substitute

Ingredients:

3/4 cup barbecue sauce, 

3 Tab molasses

1 Tab soy sauce

1/2 Tab chinese five spice powder

 

Instructions:

Mix barbecue sauce, soy sauce, molasses and Chinese five spice powder together in a small bowl or a glass jar. Add a bit of water if the mixture is too thick.

 

Version #2 Hoisin Substitute

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/4 cup water

1 cup raisins

1 Tab sesame oil

1 teas miso paste

1 teas mustard paste

1 teas crushed red pepper

 

Instructions:

Soak the raisins in the water for an hour until they are soft. Blend all the other ingredients with the raisins together until it is smooth.

 

Version #3 Hoisin Substitute

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic

1 small knob fresh ginger, grated

2 Tab plum jam

1 Tab Teriaki sauce

1/2 teas crushed red pepper

 

Instructions:

In a small bowl, mix together the plum jam and teriyaki sauce until they are well blended. Add the crushed red pepper, grated ginger and grated garlic to this mixture.

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