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Oct 8, 2006 11:05 PM

XO Sauce: Where to Buy?

I was at Kam Man in Edison, NJ recently and could not find a bottle/jar of XO sauce. I've never cooked with it before and wanted to give it a try. So...I've got a couple of questions.
1. What brands are out there, and which is best?
2. Who carries it? Internet, NY/LI stores?
3. Favorite ways to use it?

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  1. I got mine at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. It was more a curiosity than a need. I've never really found it to be useful other than a condiment. I don't have any recipes that calls for the stuff. It is very pungent! VERY PUNGENT!!!

    1. If you have a chance to pop into NYC, you can get it almost anywhere in Chinatown. I have also seen it at japanese groceriy stores, as well as at Gourmet Garage and sometimes at Whole Foods.

      1. Did you ask them for it? I can't believe they don't have it, unless they happened to run out for some weird reason.

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        1. re: MikeG

          I didn't ask, as it wasn't a big deal and I had plenty of other stuff. Just curious not to see it. Maybe they keep it off the shelf because of relative expense for size of bottle.

        2. How about Hong Kong Supermarket on Oak Tree Avenue and Park Avenue (right on the South Plainfield/Edison border)?

          1. You should try some good cantonese restaurants, they may make their own.... a lot of the nicer dim sum restaurants do can their own.... so much better than anything you buy in the store

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            1. re: mabziegurl

              Yes, some cantonese restaurants do make there own, and you can probably purchase from them. I noticed Lee Kum Kee brand also has XO sauce available, but I've never tried theirs. When I get home tonight I'll peek in my fridge -- I have an amazing jar that is store bought, almost entirely of dried scallops -- I'll post the brand.

              1. re: S U

                Ok, finally got around to checking the label of mine... here is a site where you can buy the Cache' de Chef XO sauce. Comes in either spicy or not.