plum sauce vs. hoisin

a friend of mine came over the other day with packets of hoisin sauce and a salad from out the door. what is hoisin sauce? is it plum sauce with a fancy name? are they interchangeable in a recipe?

they are not the same. hoisin sauce is a spicier, more spice heavy sauce. but they are easily swapped. typically served with spring rolls, fried chicken, duck, or chinese chicken lettuce wraps; plum sauce is easy to make.

chinese plum sauce

2.5 pounds plums – chopped, pits removed

1/2 cup cider vinegar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoon chinese five-spice

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1. bring all ingredients to boil in a sauce pan over medium heat. simmer for 25 minutes.

2. transfer to a blender to smooth out the sauce and then bring back to a boil in the saucepan for 5-10 minutes.



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