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How do you optimize Sichuan (Chengdu) Fermented Chili Bean Paste (豆瓣酱)?

ipsedixit Apr 1, 2011 11:31 AM

The obvious application -- for me, at least -- is Sichuan Dan Dan Mien.

But I'm always open to other, more creative, suggestions.

I was tempted to make ice cream out of it, but my better half talked me out of it.

Your ideas are welcomed ...

  1. buttertart Apr 1, 2011 03:13 PM

    I've never made dou ban yu but I've certainly put myself round many a fish cooked this way - I think it's do ban jiang's finest hour. Steam the fish, please.

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    1. re: buttertart
      alkapal Jan 6, 2012 12:49 AM

      buttertart will like this blog: http://showshanti.com/he-ate-i-ate-an...

      1. re: alkapal
        buttertart Jan 7, 2012 09:31 AM

        Yes indeedy, thank you! (Except for the rabbit heads :( )

        1. re: buttertart
          alkapal Jan 7, 2012 11:24 AM

          yeah, the rabbit heads were something else for me, too!

    2. MichaelBeyer Apr 2, 2011 04:52 AM

      I've been meaning to find sichuan bean paste so I can try it in my szechuan beef and green beans recipe, which I posted it at the end of this thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766672
      Substitute the sichuan fermented chili bean paste where it says bean paste.

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        Joebob Apr 2, 2011 02:55 PM

        I tried your recipe and it is a real winner!

        1. re: Joebob
          MichaelBeyer Apr 6, 2011 10:35 AM

          I'm happy to hear that. Thanks for the feedback!

        2. re: MichaelBeyer
          alkapal Jan 6, 2012 12:45 AM

          i just shared your lovely recipe to my FB food group, michael. nice blog!

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          MoGa Jan 6, 2012 01:56 AM

          Wrong season for this, my favourite recipe for douban jiang is cold noodles with bitter gourd (Goya)
          http://www.misbit.com/recipe/mid00205...
          4 tablespoons dashi (or stock of your choice
          )2 tablespoons water
          2 tablespoons rice vinegar
          1 tablespoon sesame oil
          1 teaspoon Pixian chili bean paste.
          Combine and use to dress noodles and combination of chikuwa/fish cake, bitter gourd and fresh tomato. Chilled, this is my perfect summer meal for a hot day.

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