DIY Savory Chinese Black Bean Garlic Sauce

This black bean garlic pepper sauce mixture is savory and flavorful. You can use it on many different Chinese cooking such as stir-frying, braising or steaming, on fish, meat or tofu.

Mix black bean sauce in a bowl:

1 serrano pepper (remove seeds), finely chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons fermented black bean garlic sauce, as needed
1/2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine, 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon regular soy sauce, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (optional)


Pork and Bitter Melons in Black Bean Sauce

The tender, juicy steamed spare ribs coated with savory Chinese black bean sauce is among my favorite choices when eating at the dim sum restaurants. I have many favorites when it comes to dim sum. I created this dish to capture a little bit of the same flavor and use the bitter melons and peppers from our garden. In order to get tender meat, I cook it in the oven instead of stove top. Less work Continue reading

Tangy Sweet Lemon Chicken

Here is another sweet and sour dish we love to eat in the summer. I adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar I use depends on how I feel that day. Instead of adding the chicken to the sweet and sour sauce, sometimes I add the sauce to the chicken and then toss it a few times until all the pieces are coated with the sweet and sour sauce. Another fun way to eat the chicken is to dip Continue reading

One Skillet Pepper Mushroom Chicken Fajitas

I first discovered the fajitas flavor from eating out in a restaurant while visiting Nashville. I loved the smoky flavor on sizzling steak and chicken in a hot skillet. Even though there are plenty of Mexican seasonings available in the stores, there are always some spices and herbs I do not like and the flavors are too strong for me. I decided to make some myself,
use only what I like and nothing Continue reading