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Authentic Szechuan style Doubanjiang in Los Angeles.

Hi,

I am looking for the authentic Szechuan Doubanjiang (spicy fermented bean paste) in Los Angeles.

This paste is added as a spicy base to all Szechuan style stirfry.

If somebody can help me find it I'd be very thankful.

thnak you

regards
sasi

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  1. Just about any Chinese supermarket will carry them, e.g. Ranch99, Hawai'i, 168, Arcadia, Shun Fat, San Gabriel Superstore, etc.

    Just depends if you are looking for a specific brand.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thank you, I am looking for the authentic style which contains just chilli paste, broad beans, water , salt and wheat flour.

      1. re: sasidhar79

        You can go to any of those stores and look through the ingredients. Just keep in mind some places organize by brand and some by type.

        I think finding some with just these ingredients will be possible. Some will probably contain MSG and / or preservatives. While there might be some benefit to finding one made in Sichuan, you could also consider a few of the brands made in Taiwan.

        I can try to take a picture of the kind I have at home. It's got a little MSG in it, though.

          1. re: sasidhar79

            For some of the higher-end products, look for them behind the counter where they store the alchohol (i.e. Remy Martin, Johnny Walker Blue Label, etc. and all the other favorite Chinese hard liquor brands).

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I went to 99 Ranch on Pioneer Blvd in Artesia, CA last night , I could not find the authentic Doubanjiang and they do not have any in behind the counter where they store the premium alcohol.

              Please give me some suggestions about where I can get the authentic doubanjiang.

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              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Ipse, have you (or has anyone else, for that matter) spotted the higher end douban?

                I've been keeping my eyes open (near the liquor lockbox areas, as you suggest) but have yet to find any place that sells it.

                Mr Taster

      2. I went to 99 Ranch on Pioneer Blvd in Artesia, CA last night , I could not find the authentic Doubanjiang and they do not have any in behind the counter where they store the premium alcohol.

        Please give me some suggestions about where I can get the authentic doubanjiang.

        99 Ranch
        17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA Remove

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        99 Ranch
        17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

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        1. re: sasidhar79

          Never been to the 99 Ranch in Artesia, but the on in San Gabriel has them, both the blue and yelow jars from Sichuan, as well as the one wrapped in a bamboo basket.

          At Hawai'i market, they are in the counter where they sell the conpoy.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thank you very much. The one in San Gabriel is that the one in Focus Plaza ? If you have the address to this place please let me know.

            thank you again

            1. re: sasidhar79

              Yes, the one in the Focus Plaza on the SW corner of Valley and Del Mar. Hawai'i Market is right across the street as well.

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              Del Mar Cafe
              712 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel, CA 91776

                1. re: sasidhar79

                  I'm glad you posted, b/c I was there at Ranch 99 over the weekend, and they do indeed have it. It's on the shelves. If you don't read Chinese, ask someone.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    thank you , I shall try the 99 Ranch in focus plaza.

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                    99 Ranch
                    17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

        2. Fuchsia Dunlop, of the Only Great Sichuan Cookbook In English, Land of Plenty, apparently tried all the doubanjiang's available in the US and recommends Lee Kum Kee brand. It has some additives, but it tastes in the right range of genuine Sichuany-ness to me. Hawaii Supermarket in the gaberhood has a huge massive selection of Lee Kum Kee stuff...

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          1. re: Thi N.

            Where does she recommend it? I've seen this:
            http://www.fuchsiadunlop.com/sichuan-...
            but it's hardly a ringing endorsement. (See also the comments section).

            I could see her endorsing it as something that's widely available, and in many parts of the US, probably the only such thing available -- but here in Southern California, I think it's possible to do a lot better. I have tried the Lee Kum Kee brand a time or two (needed some in a pinch), but I have better luck overall with other products. I think the LKK one has some kind of weird tastes, whether or not they have to do with the preservatives. It also does not meet the OP's requests for no additives / preservatives, and even if you don't mind that it's not made in Sichuan, it's not even something that this company specializes in.

            1. re: will47

              Thank you very much for understaing my post, I have taken a look at Lee Kum Kee brand it is defnitely not what I am looking for, I am looking for doubajiang produced in Sichuan.
              I am taking the suggestion of " ipsedixit" and drivinf to Focus Plaza 99 Ranch in San Gabriel.

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              99 Ranch
              17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

            2. re: Thi N.

              Thank you , I am not a big fan of Lee Kum Kee brand as I am looking for authentic doubanjiang which is produced in Sichuan province in PRC.

              1. re: sasidhar79

                Just for what it's worth, you may also want to consider some of the ones made in Taiwan.

                1. re: will47

                  Thank you, but original post is about authentic sichuan doubanjiang, therefore I am looking for it.

                  1. re: sasidhar79

                    Hey, I've been reading this thread for a for a few days and decided to jump in. I too am looking for some decent Doubanjiang. I'm really hoping to find one made the traditional way and with no MSG. I can't even seem to find a shop online that sells the premium stuff. Have you managed to find any yet?

              2. re: Thi N.

                Thi, did you ever manage to find the "facing heaven chile" that you were looking for in this 2004 post? On Sunday I saw that HK Supermarket had bags of the skinny dried Thai-style chiles, not the ones described in Dunlop's book.

                Would also be curious if you ever found the alternate "seven star" chile she describes below.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/58728

                Description:
                "In the Sichuanese capital, Chengdu, the most common type is the "facing-heaven" chile (chao tian jiao), a short, plump, lustrously red chile that is moderately hot and very fragrant (the chiles grow upward, hence their name). A similar variety, the "seven-star" chile (qi xing jiao), is named because the chiles grow in bunches of about seven....Be cautious in substituting tiny Thai chiles (about an inch long), which can be deadly hot and quite unpalatable if used in Sichuanese quantities. Sun-dried chiles are usually snipped in half or cut into livers before use, and as many seeds discarded as possible."

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Answering my own question-- this 2010 thread gives me a great place to start looking.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/690987

                  Mr Taster

              3. OK, I've read the first 20 replys and must add that doubanjiang from Sichuan is only sometimes available locally. The last few times that I searched I had trouble finding the usual small clear plastic jars that usually had a red plastic lid with a little carry handle. I had bought these in the past at 168, Rosemead and Hawaii Supermarkets. I did find a 3000 gram clear plastic container with a red plastic lid and carry handle at Hawaii Supermarket in the area with the larger size items ment for restaurants. A bit large for some but it is the right stuff from the right place!

                http://www.chow.com/photos/267365

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                1. re: sel

                  And have you ever found any premium stuff? Doubanjiang was recently featured on Bizarre foods on the Travel Channel and Andrew said there were premium batches that sold for 60-80 USD. Being somewhat familiar with Szechuan cuisine, I know that the better quality stuff is leaps and bounds ahead of the regular mass produced batches. Similar in a way to olive oil, you can buy the supermarket stuff and then you can buy the proper stuff. Has anyone managed to find a bottle worth more than a couple bucks?

                  1. re: MushMage

                    The premium stuff is usu. kept behind the counters, along with the bottles of liquor favored by Chinese folks (e.g. Johnny Walkers, Remy Martins, etc.).

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