What is XO sauce made of?
XO sauce is made from dried shrimp & scallops, salty Jinhua ham, shallots, garlic, chili, and oil. Originating in Hong Kong, XO sauce is epically delicious and an explosion of umami!
How spicy is XO sauce?
Chilli is another star of XO, although the sauce is not supposed to be unbearably spicy. Rather, the dried and fresh chillies should add a smokiness and zing, elevating the other ingredients, rather than overpowering them. “XO is primarily supposed to be aromatic, rather than in-your-face hot,” Frank says.
What does XO sauce taste like?
XO sauce is full of flavor, mainly due to the concentrated taste of the dried seafood. It offers some spice along with the rich taste of umami and is an amalgamation of flavors, including sweet, smoky, and salty. This is a condiment that will dominate a dish with its intense taste.