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Sauces and Condiments

Sweet, aromatic soy sauce (fu zhi jiang you)

Sweet, aromatic soy sauce (fu zhi jiang you)
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Sunday afternoon. Cloudy. I'm reading Fuchsia Dunlop and getting very very hungry. I need a bowl of dan dan noodles immediately and make out a grocery list for that and her recipe for wontons. And then I'm off to Monterey ... Read more

Total time: 8 minutes | Makes about 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons light or tamari soy sauce
  • 1/3 cinnamon stick or a piece of cassia bark
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1/3 ounce piece of ginger, crushed slightly
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Step 1In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, cinnamon stick, fennel seeds, star anise, peppercorns, ginger and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

Note: This sweetened, spiced soy sauce is the secret ingredient in the glorious, garlicky dressing used for Sichuan wontons. Light soy sauce, tamari soy sauce and Sichuan pepper are available at select well-stocked grocery stores as well as Asian markets.

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