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How to Make Chinese Brown Sauce

If you enjoy Chinese food or have ever been to a Chinese restaurant, you probably have had Chinese brown sauce on meat or vegetable dishes. It is the savory sauce that has a bit of sweetness and saltiness, along with a slightly thick consistency. It goes great on all types of dishes, including those that contain rice or noodles. Though there are many recipes for making this versatile Chinese sauce, a basic recipe is all you need to get started. You can add or leave out ingredients as you like to create the perfect recipe to suit your taste. Learning the fundamentals of how to make Chinese brown sauce is easy and the perfect way to start creating Chinese dishes at home.


  1. Gather the ingredients and equipment you need for making Chinese brown sauce.
  2. Combine 4 tbs.(59.1 ml) of soy sauce, 3 tbs. (44.4 ml)of white or brown sugar, 1 tbs. (14.8 ml) of ginger, 1 1/2 cups (354.9ml) of your choice of broth and 1 tbs. (14.8 ml)of cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir the ingredients together thoroughly with a spoon.
  4. Set the mixture aside while you prepare the remaining Chinese brown sauce ingredients.
  5. Put about 1 tsp.(4.9 ml) of oil in a wok and begin to cook it on medium heat.
  6. Add 1 to 3 cloves of garlic depending on your preference, and stir fry for about 10 to 15 seconds.
  7. Whisk the mixture as it cooks so no lumps form in your Chinese brown sauce.
  8. Stir in the mixture that you had set aside and let it cook until it boils.
  9. Add meat or vegetables to your Chinese brown sauce and continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Remove the mixture from the heat once it reaches the desired thickness and serve.
  11. Finished.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Do I take out the whole garlic cloves?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Whatever you prefer.
  • Question
    How is soy sauce made?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is made from a fermented paste of boiled soybeans, roasted grain, brine, and Aspergillus oryzae or Aspergillus sojae molds.
  • Question
    I am a vegan. Can I use water in place of broth?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Water would work, but it wouldn't give you the same flavor.Try seasoning the water with vegan oyster sauce (made with mushrooms) or dried mushrooms. You can also use a vegetable broth or stock.
  • Question
    How many servings can I expect this recipe to make?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This will probably make between 2-3 servings depending on what you're using the sauce for.
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  • If you prefer, you can use bouillon cubes when making Chinese brown sauce instead of canned broth.
  • Because there are many ways to vary the ingredients when making Chinese Brown sauce, experiment until you create a recipe that you enjoy the most. Try using different kinds of broths, brown sugar and white sugar and oyster sauce.
  • When learning how to make Chinese brown sauce, you can substitute low sodium soy sauce for regular soy sauce if you are trying to cut back on sodium in your diet.
  • Chinese brown sauce goes well with poultry, red meats and rich vegetables. Try it with beef, chicken or broccoli. It also goes well with snow peas.
  • If you like Chinese brown sauce to have a sweeter taste, add a bit more sugar. You can also add 1 tbs. (14.8 ml) of molasses for a richer flavor. If you prefer that it isn't very sweet, you can cut back on the amount of sugar you use or simply eliminate it from the recipe.


  • Do not put your ingredients for Chinese brown sauce in the hot wok until they are mixed together thoroughly. The result could be a consistency that is too thick or too runny.
  • Do not add more corn starch than the recipe you are using calls for as this can cause lumps in your Chinese brown sauce.

Things You'll Need

  • Soy sauce
  • 1 to 3 garlic cloves
  • Brown or white sugar
  • Broth, either chicken, beef or vegetable
  • Ginger
  • Cornstarch
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup and measuring spoons

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