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Is XO Sauce Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Following a recipe that calls for XO sauce and wondering if it’s vegan? Keep reading to discover everything you need to know.

What is XO sauce?  

Starting its aromatic and powerful life in 1980s Hong Kong, XO Sauce was developed in order to add an extra depth of flavour to Cantonese cuisine. Over the last 40 years condiment has continued to be seen and a sophisticated flavour. This is reflected in the premium prices you’ll have to pay for XO – and not just because of the top end ingredients used, like dried scallops, Yunnan ham and XO (extra-old) cognac. 

For a better picture, the term XO is often used to describe high-end and luxury in Hong Kong, so it’s not surprising that a small jar can cost at least £10.  

Is XO sauce vegan? 

As you may have guessed, XO sauce is not suitable for vegans. Least of all due to its base of Yunnan ham and dried scallops; you might also find dried shrimps and salted fish used too. 

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Photo credits: One Ingredient Chef

However, if you’re looking to buy some vegan XO sauce from Veggie World. Or, if you fancy making it yourself then how about trying this recipe from One Ingredient Chef at home today.

Ask us any more plant-based and foodie questions in the comments below.

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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