The best thing about Asian style marinades is that the soy sauce has enough salt to do double duty as a brine, so the flavors penetrate better than they do in most marinades. This one is particularly good for making Asian-style ribs, beef, chicken, or shrimp.
The dominant flavor here comes from hoisin sauce. Called Chinese BBQ 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 it in your grocery store, try Amazon.com.
Published On: 4/25/2012 Last Modified: 4/24/2021