Chinese brown sauce is an authentic Chinese relish that can add flavor to your meat, veggies, or other dishes. Tastessence puts together an easy and flavorful Chinese brown sauce recipe.
Chinese brown sauce contains less calories and hence can be considered healthy, more so if it is homemade. One cup serving provides minute quantities of vitamins such as riboflavin, folate, niacin, B6, B12, as well as minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
Chinese brown sauce is an easy-to-make recipe. Being widely used in Chinese-American recipes, this sauce is an essential ingredient in Chinese delicacies. All it needs is to be cooked in the right consistency – not too thin and not too thick.
While most of the sauces taste great, seldom do they last longer if not preserved well. This sauce is very easy to store, can last longer and so can be cooked in big batches. Try this recipe at home and savor the unique taste it imparts to your dishes.
Things You Need
♢ Measuring cup
♢ Measuring spoons
♢ Bowl for mixing
♢ Stirring spoon
✧ 2 cups, Beef broth or vegetable stock
✧ 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
✧ 1 tbsp. Brown sugar
✧ 2 tbsp. Cornstarch
✧ Garlic cloves, 8-10 (minced)
✧ Ginger, 1/2 inch (finely chopped)
✧ 1 tbsp. oil
♨ Add 2 tbsp. soy sauce and 1 tbsp. brown sugar into 2 cups of cold broth. For vegans, use vegetable stock instead of beef broth.
♨ Add 2 tbsp. cornstarch to this mixture. Mix well such that no lumps are formed.
♨ In a wok, heat 1 tbsp. oil. Add minced garlic, and ginger. Saute them for about 2 minutes.
♨ Add the cornstarch-broth mixture to the wok. This mixture must now be heated to bring to a boil.
♨ Keep stirring till it cooks to a good texture. Remove it from flame once the sauce is well-cooked and reaches the desired consistency.
♨ Serve with beef or vegetables as desired. Cool and freeze it for a longer shelf life.
Tastes Best With
✓Salads and tofu
▣ Bouillon cubes can be used as an alternative to broth.
▣ For those who do not have a liking for beef can replace the beef broth with chicken broth. In that case, increase the quantity of soy sauce added by 1 tablespoon.
▣ For a proper consistency, mix all the ingredients together before cooking the mixture.
▣ Be accurate with the quantity of cornstarch to avoid clumps in the sauce. Another way to avoid lumps in the sauce is by mixing cornstarch with water before mixing it with remaining ingredients.
▣ A tablespoon of fortified wine (sherry) adds flavor and a sweet taste to this sauce.
▣ Brown sugar can be replaced by white sugar. Sugar can be completely eliminated from the recipe too if no sweetness is desired.
▣ For low sodium content in the sauce, use low-sodium soy sauce in place of regular soy sauce.
▣ For a spicy sauce, add red chilly sauce or paste.
Sauces contain flavors which add spice to food and make it all the more tasty. Learning how to make this sauce will help you in making Chinese dishes that taste awesome. Also, try coupling your favorite dishes with Chinese brown sauce and experience the difference flavors for yourself.