Monday, August 20, 2012

Black bean sauce

So here's a rough recipe for a Chinese black bean sauce. I've really missed this kind of earthy-salty-miso type flavour since being GF, as all the ready-made jars of black bean sauce are not gluten-free.  But it is worth hunting in your local Asian supermarket for the dried/tinned black beans themselves:

The only ingredients should be the beans, water, salt and possibly sugar. You will need to soak them in hot water for a few minutes and drain before cooking with them as they are very salty..

1 tbsp oil
2 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp fermented black beans (pre-soaked and drained)
salt and pepper

1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp GF soy sauce
1/2 cup water with 1tsp potato starch dissolved in it

Fry the first list of ingredients for a minute, add any meat/veg and cook to brown.  Add the remaining sauce ingredients and heat through.  Serve with rice, rice noodles or GF spaghetti.