What Is Duck Sauce?

Jan 16, 2013 1:31 pm

What's in duck sauce? Is it duck? It is not.

Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinnerseries/">Dinner Series</a> on Flickr
Photo: Dinner Series on Flickr
Where would the eggroll be without duck sauce?
 

Oooh-oo-oo-oo-oo Barbra Streisand! Kidding, it's just sauce. Neither duck nor A-Trak is involved in the making of this one, but it's definitely still worth dipping your eggrolls into.

Duck sauce is a sweet and sour blended mixture of dried fruits, vinegar, sugar and spices. You might know it as the orange stuff in the plastic packet that came with the "soy sauce" and hot mustard, but duck sauce was originally created to balance out the richness of roasted duck or deep-fried foods. It just happens to be the ideal dipping sauce and condiment for savory-salty Chinese food. 

For even more disambiguation, be sure to check out how Duck Sauce (the proper noun) was created. Wish we'd thought of that name for our world-famous electronic duo. Tuna Blob never rolled off the tongue quite the same way. 

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