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Chili Bean Sauce vs. Srichacha..

GraceW Aug 8, 2011 06:34 AM

I want to make szechwuan eggplant..I have srichacha, but the recipe calls for chili bean sauce. Are there comparable or is it worth it to purchase the chili bean sauce?

(Also if you have a stellar szechwuan eggplant recipe, feel free to share!)

  1. inaplasticcup Aug 8, 2011 07:58 AM

    Do you have any miso or dwenjahng (Korean miso) on hand? I've found both to be good substitutes - slightly less bitter than the black bean, but very comparable in flavor.

    And to answer your question, I personally don't think they're comparable. I think the sriracha would be an excellent addition, but definitely not a substitute. :)

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      LUV_TO_EAT Aug 8, 2011 05:37 PM

      Not comparable. Chili beans sauce has less heat and salty back flavour. I don't think it's black bean, more like a soy bean (miso might be ok). This is what the website says "Made from a special blend of chili and fermented broad beans"

      It's worth purchasing IMO. Chili bean sauce is good. Use it also for dry fried green beans with a bit of ground pork or to make mapo dofu (tofu).

      1. ipsedixit Aug 8, 2011 09:10 PM

        Sriracha is sweeter and saltier than chili bean sauce. Not a good substitute.

        1. GraceW Aug 8, 2011 09:44 PM

          Thank you to all of you for your responses. It sounds worth it to voyage to HMart to get the real deal because my other local stores do not seem to carry it. (Well, and I stir-fried eggplant in Sriracha sauce... and even though I can stand a ton of heat, it really lacked the combination of flavors that I am used to in 'Szechwuan Eggplant.')

          1. paulj Aug 8, 2011 11:35 PM

            http://www.foodsubs.com/CondimntAsia.html
            is a nice page of Asian condiments and their substitutes.

            See also this comparison of chili bean pastes
            http://www.fuchsiadunlop.com/sichuan-...

            The Pixian paste (in the plastic bag) which I bought from 99Ranch was too hot for my taste. I also seen the Sichuan Dan Dan Seasoning Co basket packaging at 99Ranch, but haven't tried it.

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