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Sep 22, 2011 01:04 PM

Soramame Broad Bean Sauce -- looking for supplier

I've heard that a fermented sauce made from soramame (some Japanese broad bean?) is very good, but difficult to find.

Does anyone know of a supplier? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it'd be great if there's a local supplier, but if not, I can always call a nonlocal store and have them ship it to me.


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  1. Soramame is Japanese for fava beans (aka broad beans). The one fermented sauce made from favas that comes to mind is Chinese, doubanjiang (chili bean paste). It is used in dishes like mapo tofu. I'm not sure if this is what you were thinking of. If not, the origin of the dish or ways that you intend to use it might help us help you figure it out.

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    1. re: BigSal

      Thanks BigSal.

      I'm looking for something that could work as a substitute for soy sauce (I currently have allergies to wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, and peanut) -- so I'm hoping for something less viscous. I'm not quite sure if this exists as I've described because I haven't personally seen it, but my doctor recommended it and says it's been impossible for her to find as well.

      It looks like doubanjiang routinely contains some items on my "do not eat" list, but I remain hopeful that I'll be able to enjoy mapo tofu in the future -- Apparently another Chowhounder cleared her allergies after a year of strictly avoiding allergens.

    2. Nijiya Market (Japanese market) in Torrance carries it. It tastes very much like soy sauce and is made in Japan by Takahashi Shoten. I buy it as a soy sauce replacement for my son who had a soy sensitivity. The bottle says that it is distributed by Saison Trading Inc, 4450 Cleveland Ave#14, San Diego Ca 92116. Hope this helps...good luck.

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        1. Did you ever find Broad Bean sauce WITOUT soy in it? I am soy sensitive & want some also.