This is a copycat from our favorite Chinese place: First Wok in Lincoln IL. After trying many many versions all over the net, I finally found the missing ingredient that gives it the sweeter, fruitier taste: Plum sauce. I plan to continue to tweak this recipe, but here it is for the record!
4/29/9 Reformulating this recipe to more of the First Wok taste: Tried starting with a bottle of plum juice (might try from concentrate) add 1/4 c brown sugar, honey, sherry, tiny bit of hoisin, soy sauce (sparingly). Dash of ginger, garlic to taste. Marinate meats in sherry and vinegar, lots of garlic, small amt ginger, salt. Better to have the sauce sweeter (almost syrupy) and meats more of other flavors.