WOK-FRIED PRAWNS IN FERMENTED BLACK BEAN SAUCE

Fermented black beans, also called salted black beans, are a popular flavoring in Chinese cuisines. Made from soybeans that have been dried...

Fermented black beans, also called salted black beans, are a popular flavoring in Chinese cuisines. Made from soybeans that have been dried and fermented with salt, the smell is sharp/pungent, and the taste is salty, somewhat bitter and sweet. Because of their strong flavor, fermented black beans are frequently paired with other strong seasonings, such as garlic and chilies.

Salty, sweet and spicyyy

Ingredients:

  • 8 pcs large prawns
  • 10g spring onion and some extra for garnishing, sliced
  • Oil, for frying

Fermented Black Bean Sauce:

  • 20g ginger, finely chopped
  • 20g onion, finely chopped
  • 20g garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili, deseeded (I used chili padi :P)
  • 30g fermented black bean
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Hua Diao Jiu)

Seasonings:

  • 1.5 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Pan-fry the prawns in hot oil til almost cooked. Remove and set aside.
  2. Heat oil, stir-fry ginger, onion, garlic, chili and fermented black beans over low heat til fragrant.
  3. Add seasonings and salt + pepper to taste. Drizzle sesame oil and Chinese cooking wine.
  4. Add prawns and stir-fry evenly.
  5. Lastly, add spring onion and stir well.
  6. Garnish with some spring onion and serve.

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