Ah-So Sauce (Copycat)


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Ah-So Sauce

¾ cup honey, *see Notes below if using this recipe as a marinade
3 tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup Hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons 5-spice powder
2 tablespoons red food color
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ cup dry sherry
¼ cup tomato paste
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons corn starch

Heat honey, brown sugar, Hoisin, 5-spice powder, red food coloring, vegetable oil, sherry and tomato paste in a medium sauce pan until hot. Mix the soy sauce with the corn starch and once dissolved, add to the sauce pan and heat until thick. Use to bush meat or fish before roasting or grilling.

One ingredient intentionally left out is white miso. Miso (fermented soy beans) can be added to this recipe in small quantities before using as a marinade or sauce. It changes the flavor enough that it no longer tastes like the jarred version so we left it out intentionally, but please feel free to add. I would use two tablespoons in the recipe if you chose to use.


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I used to make it from scratch to make char siu ribs, until I was introduced to the jarred stuff. The from-scratch sauce is a little different, but also delicious!



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This is a recipe for the Ah-So Sauce itself? If so maybe you should put "Copycat" in the title.

I just use the bottled Ah-So Sauce and doctor it a bit.