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Brown sauce is a condiment served with food in the United Kingdom and Ireland, normally dark brown in colour. The ingredients include a varying combination of tomatoes, molasses, dates, apples, tamarind, spices, vinegar, and sometimes raisins. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to that of Worcestershire sauce.
Many countries have their own sauces which are similar to brown sauce, often containing comparable flavour profiles, ingredients, and uses. Examples include Japan's Tonkatsu sauce and Jamaica's Pickapeppa sauce. It is similar to brown-coloured sauces marketed as steak sauce in the United States such as A1 sauce. Chinese very often use a soy/soya-based sauce thickened with potato or corn starch that they call "brown sauce" (棕色酱 or "Zōngsè jiàng").
In the United Kingdom
HP Sauce (now manufactured in the Netherlands), a spicy and tangy variety, is the most popular brown sauce in the United Kingdom, accounting for around 75% of sales. In some regions of the UK, Daddies (now manufactured in Poland) is also a very popular sauce. Other brands include OK Sauce and Wilkin & Sons which is made in the U.K.
Chef and YR Sauce are popular brown sauce brands in Ireland. While YR stands for Yorkshire Relish, the sauce has been produced in Ireland since 1933 and is currently manufactured in County Donegal by Robert Roberts.
Most supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland also stock their own brand of brown sauce. As with other condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard, brown sauce is widely available in catering sachets and dispenser bottles in restaurants.
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