Culture

Sweetest Chinese Kitchen Basic

Chinese’s ancient condiment.

By Staff


Published on December 18, 2000

Just one sweet, deep taste of HOISIN SAUCE tells you that this Chinese condiment is ancient: Its base, called chiang, is fermented soybean paste, a flavor enhancer and preservative that is the venerable ancestor of Japan's miso. Hoisin also glows with five-spice powder and chiles. Its name means ''sea fresh''—but we like it as a ''barbecue'' sauce on chicken and grilled ribs (see Hoisin Pork Ribs).

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