[Sca-cooks] duck sauce?
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 29 03:30:58 PST 2009
On Jan 29, 2009, at 2:05 AM, ranvaig at columbus.rr.com wrote:
>> Duck sauce seems to be American too, and is the orange colored
>> sweet and sour sauce which Chinese restaurants serve. No duck
>> parts involved.
The Wiki article is correct, except [arguably] in its assertion that
duck sauce is sometimes known as plum sauce, depending on its fruit
content. While this may be true, as well as the claim that duck sauce
is rarely, if ever, used as an ingredient in Chinese cooking, they
fail to mention that there is a plum sauce, a thick chutney-like sauce
made from actual plums, that is often used in cooking, and rarely, if
ever, as a condiment. Plum sauce can be used to make duck sauce,
though -- this is probably the original.
Also, occasionally hoisin sauce is occasionally referred to as plum
sauce, which, considering that it's made from black beans, is erroneous.
Most of the duck sauce I've encountered is rather thin, and made
primarily from apricots, vinegar, and sugar.
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