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stacy, can you link the recipe? your link gave me a list of 19 recipes.
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I'd go with granulated, turbinado or demarara sugar. The Chinese rock sugar comes either white or yellow, depending on how refined. I'm not certain on quantity to substitute, but I'd start with 7 oz of sugar, then taste for sweetness (the typical sub is 1 T sugar for 1 lump rock sugar, and the rock sugar is reportedly less sweet than regular sugar).
stacy, this sugar is only being melted into the sauce and I just don't think that rock candy has a very unique flavor profile that makes it a requirement. My guess is that Ming wanted to honor his parents' use of the sugar they grew up with and used in their recipe. So I agree with hardlikearmour's advice, but, given the expense of other sugars, i'd suggest you just use regular old granulated white sugar. Neat recipe; i'll have to make that;thx!
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