Does anybody know what the bright red bbq sauce served in Chinese restaurants is called? I'm trying to find a recipe for it but don't know what to look for.

It's usually served with ribs or pork, it's not the dipping sauce served on the tables, def taste of star anise in it and I think it's made from scratch as I've asked in many Chinese supermarkets if it comes in jars or powder form to be told no. The colouring is added to make it red.

  • 35karen35, welcome! Please take the tour and visit our help center - one of the things we don't do here is recipe requests. To get started, use your favourite search engine: this is the first hit I got when searching for "chinese bbq sauce". If you need help improving or changing a recipe, we'll be glad to add our two cents. That said, I'm looking forward to more contributions as your question is well-thought through, especially pointing out the research you already did and the flavour components you identified.
    – Stephie
    Apr 3, 2016 at 18:39
  • I would guess the name of the sauce you are after is Char Siu sauce. The anise taste you mentioned would be from the Chinese five spice used in it. Apr 3, 2016 at 20:10
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    @StephenAsherson that is an answer [to the SE appropriate question "What is the name of that Chinese red bbq sauce ...?" as oppose to the recipe request], could you add it as an answer. Apr 4, 2016 at 4:19
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    @Shalryn, we don't to recipe requests here, but there's always chat... OP needs 20 rep, but that's only two votes on an answer, for example.
    – Stephie
    Apr 7, 2016 at 17:29
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    @Stephie Voting to leave open. I think a small edit would move it from the recipe request category into restaurant mimicry.
    – Cindy
    Apr 17, 2016 at 12:01

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Char Siu sauce ( char siu = fork roasted )

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