Oriental Black Bean Sauce

Recipe by Daydream
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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 4
YIELD: 3/4 cup
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Drain the tinned beans, then place in a bowl, cover with fresh cold water and soak 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well in a colander under cold running water, drain, then lightly mash with a fork on a wooden board.
  • Heat the oil in a small pan, add the onions, red pepper, ginger, garlic and chili pepper (if used), and saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until the onions have just softened.
  • Add the fermented black beans, and mash them lightly with the back of a wooden spoon while stirring them in.
  • Add the Asian chili sauce (in place of the chili pepper if wished), mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar and stock, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Taste, and add the brown sugar (if desired), then the cornflour mixed with a little water, and cook briefly until the sauce has just thickened.
  • When ready to serve, add the sauce to four cups of lightly stir-fried vegetables (as suggested above), along with some sauteed beef or chicken strips if desired.
  • Toss and heat through in a wok, and serve over steamed rice or coooked noodles.
  • If you wish, garnish the finished dish with crispy fried noodles, chopped fresh cilantro, or roasted cashew nuts.
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