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Sichuan flavor base

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 1 quart
Sichuan flavor base
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)
1

In the bowl of a blender, combine the chili bean sauce, hoisin sauce, Sichuan peppercorns, red chiles, shaoxing wine, sweet soy sauce, Chinkiang black vinegar, chile oil and prickly ash oil. Blend to a smooth paste.

2

In a large sauté pan heated over medium heat, add enough peanut oil to coat the bottom of the pan and add the minced ginger and garlic. Sauté until aromatic. Add the mixture from the blender and stir well to combine with the garlic and ginger. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the raw flavor of the garlic and ginger is cooked out, about 5 minutes.

3

Meanwhile, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Whisk in the slurry and cook until the broth is thickened.

4

Stir the thickened chicken broth and black beans into the sauté pan. Season with the white pepper and sugar. The base will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Chili bean sauce, hoisin sauce, Sichuan peppercorns, shaoxing wine, sweet soy sauce, Chinkiang black vinegar, prickly ash oil and fermented black beans can be found at Chinese and most Asian markets.

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