hoisin sauce

hoisin sauce

[hoi-sin, hoi-sin]
noun Chinese Cookery.
a thick, sweet, spicy condiment containing soybeans, sugar, garlic, and chili peppers, used in cooking or as an accompaniment to meat, fish, or poultry, especially Peking duck.

Origin:
1960–65; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hóisīn, equivalent to Chinese hǎixiān seafood

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hoisin sauce

commercially prepared, thick reddish-brown sauce used in Chinese cuisine both as an ingredient in cooking and as a table condiment. Made from soybeans, flour, sugar, water, spices, garlic, and chili, it is sweet and spicy. It is used in cooking shellfish and fatty meats such as pork and duck. As a condiment, hoisin sauce is eaten with shrimp, pork, and poultry and is invariably served with Peking duck.

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