Recipe courtesy of Andy Liang for Food Network Kitchen

Chinese Plum Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cups
The condiment sū méi jiàng is typically made with plums, vinegar, sugar and some spices. Our version of plum sauce has the perfect balance of sweetness, brightness and light spice. It’s traditionally used as a dipping sauce for fried foods like spring rolls, egg rolls and fried wontons, and for basting duck, chicken and pork. But there’s no need to stop there. Try it tossed with noodles or a stir-fry, or mixed into a salad dressing for a twist.



  1. Place the plums, sugar, apple cider vinegar, unseasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, Chinese five-spice powder, ginger coins, chile and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer until the plums are soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a blender, filling halfway. Put the lid on, leaving one corner open. Cover the lid with a kitchen towel to catch splatters, and pulse until smooth. Alternatively, use an immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Transfer the blended plum mixture back to the same pot and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and you can see the bottom of the pot when you run a rubber spatula across the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a medium bowl or plate to cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  5. The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Cook’s Note

Brown slab sugar has a light caramel flavor that tastes purer than light brown sugar, but you can use either in this recipe. Look for slab sugar at Asian markets or online.