You need a few more perfect sauces in your repertoire and you know it. No matter what you’re making, there’s a sauce out there just waiting to make it better, enhance its natural appeal and make you look like a rock star of a chef. Pick up a copy of The Art of the Perfect Sauce and make this hoisin habañero sauce tonight. 

Hoisin is a popular Chinese condiment that can be used on anything from Peking duck to dumplings. Hoisin is thick, sweet and aromatic thanks to five-spice powder, which combines star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel and cloves. In this stock, we offer a spicy counterpoint to the sweetness of hoisin by combining it with habanero chili pepper brightened up with ginger and rice wine vinegar. The boldness of this sauce makes it good for enlivening barbecued chicken or even used as the flavoring in a chicken and vegetable stir-fry. You can find hoisin sauce in the Asian foods section of most grocery stores.

Reprinted with permission from The Art of the Perfect Sauce