A popular Asian restaurant will shutter and sell off its hot sauce – The Boston Globe

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East by Northeast in Cambridge is shutting its doors March 8, and loyal diners may want to stock up on a jar of culinary memories. Phillip Tang announced last month that his contemporary Asian eatery in Inman Square is closing after five years. Tang (right) began selling his popular hot sauce two years ago owing to customer demand, and hopes to continue selling it after he closes. The savory “House chili sauce/ExNE Sauce Division” with a blue and yellow label ($8 for 6 ounces) is oil-based and includes roasted chiles, ginger, and black beans. Unlike the Chinese sauces Tang was raised on, his sauce includes anchovies. “We’ve used the oil in it to finish broths, and we’ve made some vinaigrettes with the hot sauce,” he says. “It’s pretty versatile but it definitely has a distinct flavor profile.” Tang, 32, isn’t going away. He’s in talks about a new venture with The Gallows Group, owners of  The Gallows and Blackbird Donuts, both in the South End. Online chatter points to a new restaurant in the former Hamersley’s Bistro, South End. “I can’t say anything right now, but there are definitely more details to come pretty soon,” Tang says. Diners interested in a last meal at ExNE should make reservations because walk-ins at the 25-seat dining room are difficult to accommodate these days. “We have a lot of regular guests and have become very close with them,” Tang says. “They say it’s tough to see us close.” Many are probably taking home some of Tang’s sauce. Available at East by Northeast, 1128

Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-876-0286, or go to

exnecambridge.com. PEGGY HERNANDEZ