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Chinese Barbecue Sauce (Char Sui)

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Crispy duck char sui
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Traditional Chinese barbecue sauce doesn't contain tomatoes, but it does have a lot of flavor. This thick sauce works perfectly on any grilled or smoked foods, but like most barbecue sauces, can burn because of the sugar content, so use it only at the end of cooking.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 2/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons black bean paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and simmer for 10 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator.
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 4 out of 5
my picky grandaughter loves it, Member nanajana

it's easy, I was able to make it with everything I had on hand. My granddaughter loved it so much I've been having to make it for everything. Tonight I poured it over my MuShu meatballs. DELICIOUS!!!!!

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