The best thing about Asian flavored marinades is that the soy sauce is salty so they work like both a marinade and brine, penetrating better than most marinades. This one is great for making Asian ribs, chicken, or shrimp.
The dominant flavor in this recipe is hoisin sauce. Called Chinese barbecue sauce or Chinese ketchup, hoisin sauce bears no resemblance to either, other than Chinese cooks use it a lot. This most excellent condiment is made from soybeans, vinegar, rice, salt, flour, garlic, and chili peppers. Wonderful, hoisinful stuff. If you have trouble finding them in your grocery store, try Amazon.com.
Makes. About 2 cups
Takes. About 30 minutes
1 cup or a 9 ounce jar of hoisin sauce
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sake or white wine
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon mustard powder
2 tablespoons Sriracha hot chili sauce or another hot sauce
3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 teaspoon five spice powder
Whisk all the marinade ingredients together, pour it into a zipper bag, and you're ready to submerge the meat. Give it 3 hours minimum, and up to 24 hours.