Hoisin Sauce

Ingredients

10 large dried dates, 1/4 pound unpitted
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 tesapoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger*
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
Juice of 1 lime, optional

*Minced, squeeze juice only.



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Mince the garlic. Set aside. Mince the ginger using a knife or a microplane and transfer to a meshed bag*.

*disposable paper meshed bags are available in Asian grocery stores. Tea bags can also be used.


If using unpitted, remove the hard tips and pits from the dates.




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Transfer the dates to a pot. Add the water, orange juice, and garlic. Squeeze the ginger juice.




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Cook in medium heat. Stirring constantly and breaking up the dates using the back of a wooden spoon.




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Add soy sauce and rice vinegar.




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Add the black bean sauce. Add the sesame seed oil.




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Continue cooking for another minute until all ingredients are blended. Squeeze a juice of a lime.

If the sauce is too thick, add orange juice to your desired consistency.

Cool at room temperature. If not using right away, transfer to a container and refrigerate.



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