Ah-So is a line of Asian sauces and marinades from Allied Old English, Inc., Port Reading, New Jersey. This garlicky, sweet, sticky, brightly red marinade is popular in the Northeast United States. A plastic squeeze bottle version exists. This sauce falls in into the American Chinese cuisine genre of Chinese cooking and aims to replicate the sweet smokey flavor of boneless spareribs found on the menus of most Chinese take-out restaurants. The sauce contains corn syrup, fermented soy beans and garlic.
The expression "ah so" comes from Japanese ā sō desu ka? ("oh, is that so?"), which starts with an entirely coincidental similarity to the English "ah so". Although sometimes used as mock-Chinese, it is purely Japanese in origin.
- Hesser, Amanda (September 24, 2006). "Chinese Barbecued Spareribs". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
These efforts were, said Nina Simonds, an authority on Chinese cooking, basically someone trying to duplicate Ah-So sauce. The American-Chinese condiment, which comes in a jar, contains corn syrup, fermented soybeans and garlic.
- "ah so". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
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