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Old 10-03-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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Color of sesame chicken sauce

What gives the sauce for sesame chicken that funky reddish color ??

And what do they use as a sweetener for this sauce in the chinese restaurants?

Just curious,

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Old 10-03-2009, 11:58 PM   #2
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What gives the sauce for sesame chicken that funky reddish color ??

And what do they use as a sweetener for this sauce in the chinese restaurants?

Just curious,

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It's not red where I order it. It's usually sweetened with sugar.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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here it is a very unnatural red color ( not like ketchup)
and with a sweet / salty taste. Im assuming the saltiness is from soy sauce, the sweet could be sugar too. But the color is what completely throws me,
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:18 AM   #5
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here it is a very unnatural red color ( not like ketchup)
and with a sweet / salty taste. Im assuming the saltiness is from soy sauce, the sweet could be sugar too. But the color is what completely throws me,
I have not tried this but I hear that if you cook the brown sugar on med to med high heat for a long time it will give that color. The sweetness usually come from sugar and honey or pineapple juice. Depending upon the cook ketchup can also used as a shortcut.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:03 AM   #6
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In the procedures I've practiced for Sesame Chicken, it's Hoisin Sauce that gives the slightly reddish color. You can purchase hoisin at your local grocery.

While your at it, stock your pantry with all kinds of international flavors so you can create your own recipes. Buy hoisin, oyster sauce, wasabi powder, Indian Tikka Masala, Salsa, Samosa Chutney, etc. That way, with a basic saute method, you can then add any flavor profile you'd like.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:44 AM   #7
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Most of the Asian women I've known actually use ketchup. If I wanted that color, and some thickness to the sauce, I'd probably use a spoon or so of tomato paste to thicken and give the color, plus it has some sugar.
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Most of the Asian women I've known actually use ketchup...

Not surprising. Ketchup is an Asian invention and a regular part of everyday cooking in some countries.
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I've not made sesame chicken but my sweet and sour sauce has a bright red color that comes from tomato paste and pineapple juice. I would guess sesame chicken sauce would be similar.
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Is it this color?

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