hoisin sauce


hoi·​sin sauce ˈhȯi-ˌsin- How to pronounce hoisin sauce (audio)
: a thick reddish sauce of soybeans, spices, and garlic used in east Asian cookery

Examples of hoisin sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there was a thin layer of hoisin sauce painted onto each side. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 Across the road at H.M. Sheridan butcher’s, the co-owner John Sinclair was selling a commemorative coronation sausage, with pork, plums, ginger and hoisin sauce. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 1 May 2023 If using, drizzle the hoisin sauce and chile paste over the egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 Alluring aromas of hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice powder are complicated by black licorice and German chocolate cake before a palate of sweet, sappy fruit, Amarena cherries, purple plums, cracked black peppercorns, carob, toasty oak, whole cloves, and rocky minerality. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Soy sauce provides a savory or umami (oo-ma-me) flavor, garlic and ginger add a bold taste, and hoisin sauce provides salty sweetness. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2023 For the marinade, in a blender, add the ginger, garlic cloves, Cassia cinnamon pods, 2 Star Anise pods, 1 Sichuan Pepper pod, 1 Clove Pepper pod, 1 Fennel Powder pod, 1 White Pepper pod, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, wine, honey, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. Mei Lin, Robb Report, 6 July 2021 Not even hoisin sauce, cucumbers and scallions bundled in housemade wraps can rescue the entree. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together soy sauce, water, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger root, and black pepper. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 11 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Chinese (Guangdong) hóisīn-jeung, literally, seafood sauce

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoisin sauce was in 1957

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“Hoisin sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoisin%20sauce. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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