Is Chinese Brown Sauce Vegan? Your Questions Answered

Brown sauce is a favorite on Chinese menus, but is it vegan? What's in it?

is chinese brown sauce vegan

We'll be your guide and tell you what you need to know below.

Is Chinese Brown Sauce Vegan?

Apparently, brown sauce is as ambiguous as it is famous, and you can't count on it being vegan. 

Brown sauces are thought to start with soy sauce and broth, but they get pretty diverse from there. Because common ingredients include oyster sauce, chicken stock and beef stock, a tofu stir-fry with brown sauce might not be a vegan option when you're ordering takeout.

The same goes for bottled brown sauce, which we'll get into below...

Martin Yan's All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce

The primary ingredients for Martin Yan's brown sauce include chicken broth, Chinese rice wine or dry sherry, sesame oil, sugar and light soy sauce (see recipe linked above for full details).

Chicken broth is an animal product and therefore not vegan. 

We'll check a store-bought Chinese brown sauce next for vegan status.


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