Not only will hoisin sauce help to tie all the other flavors in the dish together, but it is also subtle enough to remain in the background. Its sweet and salty character goes well with many vegetables as well as with poultry beef and pork. Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark, fragrant and flavorful sauce that is commonly used as a dipping sauce, a glaze for meats and added to stir fries. Hoisin sauce can be used to make up the liquid component of a vegetable or meat stir-fry. 5. Here, we use hoisin sauce as the starting point of a citrus-spiked BBQ sauce; it works just as well as ketchup, lending sweet, salty notes with warm spice notes of star anise. It balances both sweet, tangy and salty flavors and contributes an intense umami element to whatever food it’s added to. We look to 2 kinds of citrus for big flavor boosts: orange juice for mellow sweetness and lime juice for tang.