hoisin saucehoi·sin sauce
a dark, spicy sauce used in Chinese cooking, made of fermented rice, soy beans, vinegar, sugar, salt, and chili
Origin of hoisin sauce; from Chinese (Cantonese) hoi sin (jeung), seafood (sauce)
A thick, sweet, pungent sauce used in Chinese cooking.
Origin of hoisin sauceCantonese hoi2 sin1, seafood, from Middle Chinese xaj´ sian (also the source of Mandarin h&acaron;ixian) : Cantonese hoi2, sea, ocean (from Middle Chinese xaj´) + Cantonese sin1, fresh, delicious (from Middle Chinese sian, fresh, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *sar; akin to Tibetan gsar).