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Old 06-07-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Chinese BBQ (Pork - Chicken - Duck)

Hi Everybody,
Its my first post here, I wasn't sure in which category should I post this.
I have a problem:
I love Chinese BBQ, I know what sauce / marinade to use to cook the meat (char siew)
But here my problem, if you go to a Chinese BBQ takeaway or restaurant, you can see they dip the meat in some dark sauce before cut the meat....
I have tried everything I can't find what's that sauce
Is anyone can help me here??? :)))
Thank you so much !!

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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I mean also when the dish is ready; Meat / rice / pok choi....
They put that famous sauce on the dish.....
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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Ask the restaurant.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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Good point, Im not leaving in that place anymore, so that's why I m trying to make my own....
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:39 PM   #5
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Each restaurant has it's own sauce, it is impossible to know what they did in that particular place. Have you tried a new restaurant? Maybe they have something simular? Tell that you have allergies and need to know what is in the sauce.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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According to the website Rasa Malaysia, the char siu is marinated in 2/3 of the sauce recipe and basted with the remainder as it's grilled. Maybe this is what the restaurant cooks are dipping it in.

BBQ Pork Recipe (Char Siu/Char Siew/蜜汁叉烧)
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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First thanks guys for your answers, actually I knew It was a very common sauce in Chinese BBQ restaurant, I have traveling all around the world and it looks like a traditional things...Now I'm back to France and can't find that kind of place close to my house...Here a video of what I m talking about if any luck someone know...:)
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:53 PM   #8
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Each restaurant has it's own sauce, it is impossible to know what they did in that particular place. Have you tried a new restaurant? Maybe they have something simular? Tell that you have allergies and need to know what is in the sauce.
Charlie, that is brilliant. Sneaky, but brilliant. I'm going to use your idea! Thanks!

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:48 PM   #9
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Welcome to DC, Steph. I can't help you, but I think Charlie's suggestion is brilliant. I have allergies but I haven't asked "general" question, I've asked specific ingredient questions, e.g., are there nuts in the sauce? Which nuts? Are there pine nuts in any of the dishes, could you please confirm with the chef...I'm going back to the place that has that marinated eggplant I love and try that line!!!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #10
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Each restaurant has it's own sauce, it is impossible to know what they did in that particular place. Have you tried a new restaurant? Maybe they have something simular? Tell that you have allergies and need to know what is in the sauce.
I don't see any need to tell lies. I think a customer has a right to know in general terms what is in something they're purchasing. The restaurant should be willing to describe the main ingredients although expecting a complete recipe with itemized ingredients, amounts and method is unrealistic and unreasonable.

I think it's reasonable to expect to be told the main 3-4 ingredients, just because people have a right to know what they're eating. Any good restaurant should be willing to do this to keep customers satisfied.

In any restaurant I frequent I always ask a few ingredient questions before ordering food. I've always found the waiter or waitress was willing to answer my questions, or even ask the chef and return with the answer. I've sometimes kept notes and asked different questions on different visits, and eventually developed my own copycat recipes.

Restaurants are not threatened by home cooking enthusiasts. Even if you copied an item perfectly you'd still want to return to the restaurant for other good food, or when you don't feel like cooking and want it to just be served.
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