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Mar 16, 2002 12:34 PM

XO Sauce Recipe

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I was doing a little web surfing today and came upon this recipe for XO sauce, that special dry scallop sauce that has become so popular in many San Francisco Chinese restaurants in recent years. I haven't tried it (it looks pretty daunting) but here's the link for those who would like to attempt to make it:


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  1. Especially good with sauteed prawns, scallops or a good cut of beef. However, I'd probably resort to jarred sauce myself!

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      we had a squid with xo sauce on 1 of the Boston chowdinners..highlight of the meal.

      1. re: 9lives

        Yum, that sounds great!

        One caution in chinese very specific when you ask for hot chili sauce or other chili condiments. One acquaintance was surprised to be brought a saucer of XO sauce and charged 5 bucks on the bill, when a little hot chili oil was all she wanted.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          We were fortunate to have Ben...from Taiwan..a Boston Chowtreasure order most of the meal..the xo was not on the English menu.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        Yank Sing's commercial version of XO sauce is pretty tasty - generally available at most asian stores.....a 6 oz jar costs $4-$5 I think. Their chilli sauce is quite good also.....delightfully hot! (as it says on the lable) about $3 for a 6 oz jar.

        1. re: gordon wing

          I've had the XO sauce in a dinner dish at the restaurant, but haven't tried the jar. That sounds like a good price.

      3. Anyone know if it's OK to bring XO sauce ino the country through customs? It does have dried seafood and maybe some meat in it, but everything's pretty preserved at that point...

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        1. re: chibi

          If it's in a can or jar, it's considered "cooked" and ok to bring in.

        2. Marin is a real backwater for Chinese food, so I've never even seen this on a menu. How do you pronounce "XO"?

          Eks-oh? Show? or ???

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          1. re: Sharuf

            Eks-oh? Yes. As in the cognac designation.

            You can mailorder a jar of sauce from Yank Sing and take it with you to a local restaurant to add to your food. Some people do this indeed.