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This sounds delectable but need help with recommendation for fermented black beans. Any chain or higher-end brand you'd recommend? Or do I need to go to an Asian grocery store? (And if I make the schlep to one, is there a particular "insider" brand?)

Thank you!

  • Posted by: Pegeen
  • September 5, 2012
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Sam1148
Sam1148 September 5, 2012

I haven't made this recipe, but I keep fermented black beans in the 'fridge.
I find them at an Asian market and they last years in the fridge they're salted and do need to be soaked and rinsed (and mashed up a bit) before use. Look for them in the chilled section at a Asian supermarket, sold in bags..I put them in jar after opening the bag. They're sometimes labeled "Dow See" in Asian markets.

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Pegeen September 5, 2012

Thanks, Sam! Interesting that they're sold in chilly bags vs jars... now I'm wondering about the fermentation process and could I do it myself with local beans. So much googling, so little time....

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Sam1148 September 5, 2012

Oh, some brands are sold in jar...others in bags. My market sells them in bags, chilled.
However do have a jar of 'black bean sauce' from a Publix supermarket that's jarred.
But I don't think that's what you want for the recipe.
http://myhouseholdcapers.blogspot.com/2009/07/glossary-chinese-fermented-black-beans.html

The 'black beans' aren't really 'black beans' as we know them, but fermented soy beans.
Not really something to make at home as far I know.

AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames September 5, 2012

Sam1148 is right. You want the black beans in bags. They are sometimes called "Salted Black Beans." I always save the bag they come in and take it into the Chinese grocery to show it to the non-English speaking staff, when I'm shopping for salted black beans. They last forever, even when you use them frequently, because you only need a tablespoon or so at a time. They are indispensable in my kitchen. I see that you can order them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MEE-CHUN-Salted-Black-Beans/dp/B0000D15WD I've bought "fermented black bean sauce" in jars before, but found that I didn't care much for the garlic, etc. they added. The pure bean work much more predictably. Have fun! ;o)

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Pegeen September 5, 2012

Thank you!

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