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Apr 27, 2013 11:37 AM

Marinade: Your thoughts, please

Mrs G found a recipe for Chinese chicken wings using ginger, soy sauce, dry mustard and brown sugar. Can those same ingredients be used to marinate a beef roast?

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  1. It would be a bit sweet for my taste for a beef dish.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I was wondering about that. I was also thinking it would be similar to Chinese ginger beef. Maybe if we left out the brown sugar........

    2. I would just reduce the sugar rather than omit it completely. Perhaps add a pinch of pepper to the marinade.

      1. Yes they can.
        Korean marinades often use sugar, brown sugar, honey, malt syrup, or fruit as a sweetener, in combination with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, mustard powder, or any number of other ingredients.
        Kalbi and Bulgogi both use the semi-sweet marinades, and most people who try these dishes really like them.
        You just have to adjust amounts for your taste.

        1. When you think about it, it isn't much different from a classic London Broil marinade. As a few others have said, for beef i would reduce the sugar. Of course using good soy is always important, but especially true for beef as the unami flavor of true brewed soy would be more noticeable with less sugar.

          1. Thanks to all for your responses./ What we did was to 3x all the ingredients except the sugar and added minced garlic.