Maltose Chinese Sweetener
I would like to buy some maltose sweetener to make the maltose-glazed spareribs in Barbara Tropp's China Moon cookbook. She describes it as an "impossibly sticky Chinese sweetener available in small plastic tubs". Does anyone know of an online source?
I bought some based on a Tropp description. It wasn't hard to find at a large Asian grocery (99Ranch). It was quite cheap (just a few dollars). I haven't looked on line.
I don't know offhand where you can buy this online, but it comes in a short white plastic jar with an orange top which you can find in most Asian grocers.
Otherwise, you can use molasses as a substitute or even honey.
Might be the same thing as malt syrup, which also is impossibly sticky (but comes in a jar). Hard to find in supermarkets, but usually available in healthy food stores, Whole Foods, etc. I never thought of using it for a glaze but that sounds like an excellent idea.