Monday, October 17, 2016

Bean Sauce: What Is It and How Do I Cook with It?

Ground Bean Sauce (left) and Bean Sauce (right)
There are various forms of Bean Sauce on the shelves of Asian supermarkets, including Bean Sauce, Black Bean Garlic Sauce, Ground Bean Sauce, Spicy Black Bean Sauce and Chili Bean Sauce.  This condiment is used to add spice and some thickness to Asian dishes.  It is quite salty, so you don’t need very much—1-2 teaspoons should be enough for a dish that serves 4.  Consistency varies, from smooth to chunky. 

Bean Sauce ingredients usually include sugar, salt, wheat flour and fermented soy beans.  Store jars of Bean Sauce in the refrigerator.  They will last for at least a year.

Spicy Stir-Fry Shrimp
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