Fermented Bean Umami
Hello, Friends of The Mala Market
Fermented bean umami is back! We have received a new shipment from Juan Cheng of products that were scooped from their earthenware crocks or fermenting "pools" and packaged freshly for us in June.
The shipment includes red-oil broad bean paste, which is a lighter and brighter doubanjiang; our very popular Sichuan-style fermented soybeans (douchi); and sweet wheat paste (tian mian jiang), another wonderful stir-fry base.
Used separately in many Sichuan dishes, all three fermented pastes famously come together in twice-cooked pork, the sauce mix for which is pictured above. You can mix and match these three pastes to make all kinds of super flavorful stir-fries, marinades, simmer sauces and stews.
This is just the first of five shipments coming in this late summer and early fall, the importing gods willing. Arriving later in August are a fresh batch of stone-ground sesame paste, roasted rapeseed oil, Sichuan pepper and chilies. Thank you for your patience!
Stay safe and cool,
🌶Taylor & Fongchong 🌶