Originally Posted by jpinmaryland
I am usually pretty good w/ my asian sauces blending them with oils and such to produce the needed sauces but recently had a problem with Hoisen. I did not want to use all that sweetness at full strength so I thought I'd mix it w/ peanut oil but it does not dissolve in peanut oil unlike other sauces. So how do you guys use this? Mix it w/ soy sauce? But does that not kill the sweetness? I realize I will need to mix it with an aqueous type of solvent e..g water, vinegar, etc. How do others use this?
To kill the sweetness I would dilute it with a few drops of water, combine with stir fry sauce or soy sauce (salty/sweet), add some heat i.e. red pepper flakes or mustard, use half the amount called for, or as Caine suggested, add oyster sauce.
Hoisen uses - in stir frys, spread on a chinese pancake or tortilla for Moo Shoo or a dipping sauce.