The name "XO sauce" comes from fine "XO" , which is a popular western liquor in Hong Kong and considered by many to be a chic product there. In addition the term "XO" is often used in the popular culture of Hong Kong to denote high quality, prestige, and luxury. In fact, XO sauce has been marketed in the same manner as the French liquor, using packaging of similar colour schemes.
As a side note, in Hong Kong English, "XO" is pronounced , instead of .
XO sauce can be used as a condiment on the side of main dishes or used in cooking to enhance the flavour of fish, meats, vegetables, and otherwise bland foods such as tofu or . Home cooks often used this sauce as the chief flavorant for fried rice.
Typical ingredients of XO sauce include:
*Fresh red chilli
*Ground black pepper
*Jinhua ham or Smithfield ham
*Large dried shrimp, shelled
*Salted cured fish
The following are some samples of the XO Sauce: