|Black bean sauce shown here served on grilled tofu with noodles and stir-fried mixed vegetables|
100g preserved black beans (from a packet rather than canned)
2 tabs soy sauce
1 tab lemon juice
2 heaped tsps Chinese 5-spice seasoning (check on the container that it contains no onion or garlic; some brands do)
1 tsp ground ginger
250ml (1 cup) water
- If making by hand, mash the beans than add the other ingredients including the water and mash again, then mix or whisk well. Heat gently in a saucepan and/ or add to a stir-fry; whatever you fancy.
- If you have a blender or food processor then just put everything in and blitz it for a minute or so until you have a homogeneous sauce. You can now use it however you like. Adjust the water content to get your desired consistency and concentration of flavours; I used it as per this recipe and served each person about 1-1 1/2 tabs. It was punchy and tangy, and really livened up an otherwise bland meal!