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Hoisin sauce

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Hoisin sauce, or Haixian Sauce, is a Chinese dipping sauce. The word Hoisin is a romanization of the Chinese word for seafood as pronounced in Cantonese. Mandarin-style Hoisin sauce ingredients include water, sugar, soybeans, white distilled vinegar, rice, salt, wheat flour, garlic, red chili peppers, and several preservatives and coloring agents. Traditionally, Hoisin sauce is made using sweet potato. Despite the literal meaning of "seafood," Hoisin sauce does not contain fish.

Left: Hoisin sauce from Hong Kong.

A number of Chinese cuisine dishes such as spring rolls, mu shu pork, popiah and barbecued pork use the sauce. It is especially common for Cantonese cuisine flavoring.

Hoisin sauce is also a popular condiment for thee Vietnamese pho; the sauce can be directly added into a bowl of pho by the diner, or can be used as a side dip for the meat of pho dishes. The sauce is also used for glazing broiled chicken.


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