Sichuan Sweet Wheat Paste (Sweet Flour Sauce, Tian Mian Jiang)
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 and other dishes that call for a flavored pork mince.
The Juan Cheng brand is famous as the original producer of Pixian doubanjiang (chili bean paste), but it also produces a stellar version of this other indispensable Sichuan sauce. Go here for more information on tian mian jiang.
Size: 350 grams (12.3 ounces); packaged as 10 individual packets of 35 grams each
Ingredients: water, wheat flour, salt, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate
Best by: Open by August 2021; refrigerate after opening for longterm storage; fermented products do not really expire, but Chinese law, unlike American, requires an expiration date