Tian mian jiang, translated as sweet wheat paste or sweet flour sauce, is a fermented sauce made of wheat flour and salt. Despite the name it is not particularly sweet, nor is it spicy; it is just pure savory umami. It makes a great stir-fry sauce base on its own or combined with Pixian chili bean paste, as it is in twice-cooked pork. We also use it in our dan dan noodles. The Juan Cheng Pai brand is famous as one of the original producers of Pixian douban jiang (chili bean paste), but they also produce a stellar version of this other indispensable Sichuan sauce. Go here for more information on tian mian jiang.
Producer: Sichuan Pixian Douban Co., Pixian County
Size: 350 grams (12.3 ounces); packaged as 10 individual packets of 35 grams each (a single stir-fry serving)
Ingredients: wheat flour, salt, water, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate