Off the Shelf
Black beans enliven Chinese dishes
|Fermented black beans add a pungent, salty note to stir-fried, braised and steamed dishes.
Gregory Yamamoto The Honolulu Advertiser
This is a very old Chinese seasoning, predating soy sauce. The beans are used to add a salty taste to stir-fried, braised and steamed dishes.
To use them, crush them with a cleaver or chop them lightly; black beans marry well with garlic, ginger and chilies. Rinsing is not necessary.
Black beans should feel soft but not dry; store in a covered container in the refrigerator.