Lee Kum Kee Crushed Yellow Bean Sauce, 470ml


Lee Kum Kee Crushed yellow bean sauce is made from fermented soy beans mixed with salt, glutinous rice and water. The sauce is actually brown in colour, but takes its name from the yellow huángdòu beans it’s made from. Crushed yellow bean sauce is a versatile ingredient. It is most often found in North Eastern Chinese dishes, such as the regional specialty, zha jiang mian – this is made by frying ground pork and mixing it with noodles and the yellow bean sauce. Crushed yellow bean sauce is also used in Vietnamese cooking and stir fries, often called 'ground bean sauce', or ‘yellow soy bean sauce’.

As well as using the crushed yellow bean sauce in zha jiang mian, it’s also delicious in braised red meat dishes. Also try mixing a little of the crushed yellow bean sauce with a little rice wine vinegar and soy for stir frying meat and vegetables. A versatile cooking ingredient, you can add all manner of flavourings to crushed yellow bean sauce to suit whatever dish you make – try ginger, garlic, pepper or chilli to adapt the sauce to your tastes.

Once opened keep refrigerated. Ingredients: fermented soybean paste 57% (water, salt, soybeans, wheat flour), sugar, water, soy sauce (water, salt, soybeans, wheat flour), yeast extract (yeast extract, maltodextrin, salt, sugar), soybean oil, colours (E150a, E150c), modified corn starch, flavour enhancers (E631, E627) Contains allergens: soya and gluten (wheat)

What is yellow bean sauce?

  • Yellow bean sauce is made from fermented soybeans.
  • Mixed with salt, glutinous rice, and water.
  • Commonly used in North Eastern Chinese and Vietnamese dishes.
  • Versatile in stir-fries and braised meat dishes.
  • Can be customized with ginger, garlic, pepper, or chilli.

What does yellow bean sauce taste like?

Yellow bean sauce has a rich, savoury flavour with subtle umami notes derived from fermented soybeans. Its taste is complex, offering a balance of saltiness and sweetness, with a hint of nuttiness from the glutinous rice. Additionally, it adds depth and complexity to dishes, enhancing their overall flavour profile.

What is yellow bean sauce used for?

Yellow bean sauce is commonly used as a flavourful condiment and cooking ingredient in various Asian cuisines. It adds depth and richness to dishes, particularly in North Eastern Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, where it's used in stir-fries, braised meat dishes, and noodle dishes like zha jiang mian. Additionally, it can be mixed with other seasonings like rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, or spices to create customised sauces for meat, vegetable, and tofu dishes.

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