Maybe it’s the sugar, or it could be the salt. In either case, a few spoonful’s of this Chinese sauce instantly adds flavor to your stir-fries, barbecue and wraps.
Not as popular as ketchup, soy sauce or mayo, and doesn’t have the rock star status of Sriracha – I’ve never seen anyone wearing a Hoisin Sauce t-shirt. Yet this delicious sauce deserves a spot alongside the ketchup and mayo in your fridge all year-long!
Possibly the most under-appreciated condiment in the supermarket. Hoisin sauce, also known as Peking sauce, is a Chinese table condiment that is sweet, spicy, salty and smoky. And when heated, it has a deep earthy aroma. I love the stuff and wish I had of known about it long before I began using it to sauce my meals.
Because of its incredible flavor. It’s thick like a good barbecue sauce and versatile. It hooks-up nicely with fatty meats, lean meats and a tablespoon or two makes a nice addition to a vegetable stir-fry.
WHERE TO BUY
At any supermarket or Asian market. A decent sized can or bottle can be purchased for less than five dollars and if stored in a glass container and refrigerated it should last indefinitely.
An easy way to rock the hoisin sauce is to use it to make these super tasty Hoisin-Glazed Porks Wraps! Reason enough to always keep a bottle of hoisin stocked in the fridge!
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil / $0.05
2 boneless pork loin chops (about 1/2 lb) / $3.00
2 garlic cloves, minced / $0.02
2 green onions, chopped / $0.15
1/4 cup (about) hoisin sauce / $0.37
2 8-inch diameter flour tortillas / $0.48
1 cup chopped lettuce / $0.11
fresh cilantro leaves / $0.05
Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add pork. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Add garlic and green onions. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove skillet from heat.
Stir in 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce to coat pork. Mmm…just look at that sticky goodness!
Brush one side of each flour tortilla with 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce. Top each with lettuce, cooked pork and cilantro leaves.
Roll and enjoy your wraps!
Looking for more recipes? Head on over to the cafe’s Recipe Menu! You’ll also find exclusive cooking tips and recipes in my Weekly Updates or in my e-cookbook 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students (2015).
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