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Feb 13, 2009 02:53 PM

Subsitute for Hoisin Sauce?

Just bought a big bag of Chinese eggplant for a buck at the Reading Terminal Market, and would like to stirfry Eggplant with Garlic Sauce.

I seem to have everything the recipe calls for here except hoisin sauce.

Can I whip up a substitute from home ingredients? Or is this something I need to get from a store?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Here are two basic recipes for Hoisin Sauce. Both are essentially Chinese Barbecue Sauce.


    4 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons peanut butter or black bean paste
    1 tablespoon honey or molasses or brown sugar
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoons sesame oil
    20 drops Chinese hot sauce
    1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

    Simply mix together


    3 tbsp black bean sauce
    1 tsp hot chili garlic sauce
    2 ½ tbsp honey
    2 tsp dark soy
    2 tsp ketchup

    Mix together the black bean sauce with the hot chili garlic sauce and honey. Stir together thoroughly. For this recipe I used Asian Gourmet Authentic Black Bean Sauce, however, you can use any black bean sauce that you choose.

    Then add the soy and slowly stir mixing it in completely. Then add the ketchup and the sauce is ready to use. Store it in the refrigerator in a container with a tight fitting lid.

    Makes 1/3 of a cup. This recipe may be doubled to make extra sauce.

    1 Reply
    1. re: fourunder

      Thanks for the quick reply.

      I'm going to search the cabinets. May be some Chinese hot sauce or chili garlic sauce in there. If so, all systems are go!