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A spicy reddish–brown sauce made from fermented soy beans, garlic, sugar and spices, used both as a condiment and a flavouring agent in Chinese cooking. It may be used as the sauce for Peking duck (though it is not the authentic sauce), in stir–fries or as a marinade for poultry, or meat, especially char siu (barbecued pork) and shellfish. Hoisin sauce is sold in bottles or jars in supermarkets and Asian markets. Store in the fridge after opening.
Also known as — Peking sauce