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What is hoisin sauce?



Hoisin sauce is a thick, glossy, reddish-brown sauce used in Chinese cooking. Made from soybeans, garlic, vinegar, chile peppers and spices, hoisin sauce is spicy-sweet and is used as a dipping sauce and is a classic ingredient in savory dishes like Peking duck and mu shu pork.

Hoisin sauce is sometimes called Peking sauce and is occasionally confused with both plum sauce (which looks similar) and duck sauce -- a sugary and viscous orange-colored American invention that is used as a dubious dip with Chinese-American egg rolls and other fried pupu platter foods.

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