It sounds strange, but XO sauce is actually the name of a sauce that some claim to have originated in Hong Kong. The name seems to denote hugs and kisses at first, but the in Chinese culture the symbols represent chicness or high prestige. Don’t worry though, it’s an affordable sauce that can be found in many Asian grocery stores (and even non-Asian ones now).
Although XO sauce (a spicy seafood based sauce made with ingredients such as shallots, garlic, dried shrimp, and dried scallop) can be used as a condiment, it is super flavourful and can be used to spice up dishes – thus comes in XO Sauce Cheong Fun. It’s an easy recipe that can be whipped up within minutes, which is good when you’re starving or in need of a quick bite.
- 1 package of cheong fun
- Bean sprouts (rinsed and dry)
- Bit of oil
- Soy sauce (three times around the pan)
- 3 pinches of salt
- 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- Tsp corn starch
- 3 tsp XO sauce
Unwrap the package of cheong fun and cut each tube into 1 inch pieces, lengthwise.
Heat a pan on medium. Add a bit of oil and the cut up cheong fun. Stir fry it a bit so that it heats up, softens, and has a bit of colour to it. Set aside on a plate.
Heat the pan again with some oil and then add the bean sprouts. Season with some salt, soy sauce, and brown sugar, eventually adding the corn starch. Toss. Move the bean sprouts to one side of the pan.
Add the cheong fun back into the empty half of the pan. Add the XO sauce and mix. When the sauce is evenly distributed on the cheong fun, add the bean sprouts into the mix.
Toss gain and once it’s mixed, set on a plate and you’re ready to eat!
See, easy peasy, no? 🙂
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