Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 30, 2011.
Hoisin sauce is one of the most popular of all Chinese sauces and it is used all over South-East Asia. The word ‘Hoisin’ is the Romanization of the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese word for seafood.
And yet, this thick reddish-brown sauce does not contain any product from the sea, as it is prepared from fermented soybeans and a starch: wheat, rice or most commonly, sweet potato.
The other ingredients that ...