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XO Sauce: Where to Buy?

sbp Oct 8, 2006 11:05 PM

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. Candy RE: sbp Oct 8, 2006 11:24 PM

    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. MaspethMaven RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 12:45 AM

      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.

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        MikeG RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 01:25 AM

        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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          sbp RE: MikeG Oct 9, 2006 09:10 PM

          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.

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            Pat Hammond RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 10:30 PM

            Amazon has it: http://www.amazon.com/XO-sauce-Lee-Ku...

            $14 seems expensive to me!

        2. Das Ubergeek RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 09:09 PM

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

          1. mabziegurl RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 10:12 PM

            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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              S U RE: mabziegurl Oct 10, 2006 12:09 AM

              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.

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                S U RE: S U Oct 11, 2006 03:39 PM

                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.

                http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/index....

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                  sbp RE: S U Oct 12, 2006 12:27 AM

                  Thanks!

            2. PeterL RE: sbp Oct 9, 2006 10:17 PM

              It's a pretty expensive sauce. They may have it behind counters rather than out in open shelves.

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                Atahualpa RE: sbp Oct 10, 2006 02:53 AM

                You know, it is really very easy to make once you have found a good dried fish purveyor (which is easy here in Toronto and I assume somewhere in the tristate area). The recipe I have used is quite similar to the one here: http://www.chinesefooddiy.com/xo_sauc... .

                1. Tom M of Durham NC RE: sbp Oct 11, 2006 03:42 PM

                  As for favorite ways to use it, I enjoy using it as a sauce in quick seafood stir fries. I'll get the wok going with a little ginger, garlic and oil, throw in some squid or shrimp, cook them, then finish the dish with a little XO sauce. Serve that with greens or rice, it's good!

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                    MikeG RE: sbp Oct 12, 2006 04:44 PM

                    Yes, most places, at least in Chinatown, keep it near or behind the counter, though it has come down in price in the past couple of years. I think I paid a bit less than $10 at the Kam Man in Manhattan for the Lee Kum Kee brand.

                    Making your own is a great idea if you use it often, but good dried scallops and shrimp, not to mention the ham, are all quite expensive, too, so it's never going to be "cheap."

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