In a way, I’m quite pleased that I am trying this wheat free diet as it has pushed me to come up with recipes like my homemade hoisin sauce. That would have never even crossed my mind. As you already know that my ethnic background is Chinese. There is one sauce that a Chinese person couldn’t and shouldn’t live without and that is – hoisin sauce. I was really disappointed when I first found out that the shop bought hoisin sauce that I have been using for donkey years contained wheat starch. What?!!! What am I going to use with my crispy aromatic duck? Obviously, I can still eat it without the hoisin sauce but it just would not be the same. I used hoisin sauce to marinate my spare ribs and add it to various of other dishes too.
The solution to my dilemma was to make my own homemade hoisin sauce. The first thing I did was look at the ingredients on the back of the jar of hoisin sauce. I thought I would just recreate the sauce using all the ingredients apart from the wheat starch. Ah! There was a slight problem. How much of each ingredient should I use? So I started experimenting. First of all, I used way too much soybean paste as I had to use quite a few cups of water to dilute it as it was so salty. One of the ingredients on the jar mentioned spices but there was no breakdown of what the spices were in the sauce. I definitely knew that one of the spices was Chinese five spice. But what about the other spices…mmm… I thought I would add cinnamon as I couldn’t think of any other spices that are used in Chinese cooking to provide the flavours which I was getting from this jar of hoisin sauce.
I finally did it…
After a few attempts, I think I have nailed it and I am now ready to share it with you guys!
If you do make this homemade hoisin sauce then email me a photo and I will share it on twitter. Just tag #asianfoodadventure. I will be happy to receive any positive or negative feedback. Happy Cooking! 🙂
- 2 tbsp of soybean paste
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 4 tbsp of honey
- 2 tbsp chilli sauce
- 1/2 tsp cornflour + 1tsp water
- 01: Add the soybean paste to the pan and heat. Add 1/2 cup of water to the paste and mix well.
- 02: Add the garlic, five spice, cinnamon, honey and chilli sauce and mix well. Let it cook for around 5 mins
- 03: In the mean time, mix the 1/2 tsp of cornflour and 1 tsp water until it forms a white paste.
- 04: Add the cornflour mixture to the pan. Cook until the sauce starts bubbling and becomes quite thick.
- I used a Malaysian chilli sauce as it does not contain wheat starch.
I used the above Malaysian chilli sauce as it does not contain wheat. But if you are not following either a gluten free or wheat free diet then you may use your preferred chilli sauce.
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