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|Package Dimensions||8 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches|
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Sichuan / Pixian / Pi Xian Broad Bean Paste 16OZ (454g)
($0.48 / ounce)
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- Pixian Broad Bean Paste; Net Weight: 16oz, 454g; Made in China
- Recipes rely on Pixian fermented bean paste known as la doubanjiang, considered the soul of Sichuan cooking, for added depth and flavor. The most prized doubanjiang comes from the town of Pixian.
- The flavor, Pixian doubanjiang is nutty, savory, and has a warming, earthy spiciness with subtle notes of sweetness derived from the fermentation process.
- When fried in oil and doubanjiang, in fact, are all one needs to whip together an impressive Sichuan dish. Try incorporating it into your favorite burger or chile con carne recipes.
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Pixian chili paste is made from broad bean instead of soy bean. Pixian chili paste has its unique flavor and enjoys a high reputation all over world. Although spicy fermented chili paste is a well-known spice in Sichuan cuisine, it is actually widely used in various dishes, such as salad, stew, soup, marinade, and stir-fry. Chili paste is spicy and salty, so be mindful of the amount used when cooking with it, and reduce or eliminate the amount of salt accordingly.
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Don't be afraid to tear open the outer bag, because the paste is inside another sealed bag to keep it fresh. The paste itself is thick and brown with a slight reddish tinge.
The smell is unique, pungent, and earthy—as you'd expect from a fermented product. I did not taste the paste on its own, but I could detect the umami richness it added to my finished dish. I'd considered skipping this ingredient in the recipe, since it wasn't easily available at my local market, but I'm glad I ordered this paste because it contributed a nuanced flavor that I really enjoyed. My boyfriend declared that it was one of the best dishes I'd ever cooked, so I guess he liked it too.
Usually these specialty Chinese food products are MUCH more expensive on Amazon than they are at the local Asian supermarket. But at the current price of around six bucks, this is only about a dollar more than it cost for the same product at my local market.
Note to the reviewer who wrote (2014) that "it comes in individual pouches within the larger bag, which I enjoy since it is easier to measure for cooking, and won't dry out": that type of packaging is no longer being used. What I received was a foil bag containing a single clear plastic bag with all the sauce inside. The result is that you'll need to transfer the sauce to a glass jar for storage. Add to that the fact that several buyers have reported receiving shipments with punctured bags leaking their contents and you have a good argument for changing the packaging of this sauce. So please, Sichuan Pixian Douban Co. Ltd., offer this product in jars or cans rather than a vulnerable foil pouch.
There are ways to reduce the saltiness of your dish, if that's a problem. If it has douci (Chinese fermented black beans) in it, soak them in warm water for 20 minutes, drain in a strainer and rinse under a faucet ... huge reduction in their salt content. If the recipe calls for broth, and your broth is salty, use less broth (or no broth) and more water. If the dish calls for shiaoxing (Chinese rice wine), most of the shiaoxing sold for cooking is salted, so substitute sherry or white wine ... or unsalted shiaoxing sold for drinking, if you can find it.
Pixian is one of most well known brands for its authenticity. I can definitely taste the difference. It came in perfect condition, and I liked every time I used it. I will only get this.