Sweet Flour Sauce (also called Sweet Bean Sauce, Chinese name is 甜面酱 tián miàn jiàng) is a sauce condiments that take flour as its main ingredient, made by koji-making and insulation fermentation. We think the translation “Sweet Flour Sauce” can be lesser misleading than “Sweet Bean Sauce” with its main ingredient. It has a sweet and salty flavor with soy sauce and ester flavor at the same time and suitable for cooking the dish type of soy sauce frying and soy sauce cooking , such as “Meat Cubes In Sauce”, and can also be dipped into dishes such as scallion, cucumber and roast duck(likes Beijing Roast Duck).
In fact, authentic Sweet Flour Sauce is very difficult to make because it needs koji-making and insulation fermentation that means more time and professional food making knowledge. It is usually manufactured by the food engineering in factory. But sometimes the product is full of chemical substances that are unhealthy. So we provide the homemade method to help you make this sauce yourself at home.
This sauce is easy to make and does not need to ferment and full of elasticity. Besides, you can eat it without any additives and preservatives.If you like cold dish, you can use it to stir with the dish can take a great taste for you. We also provide an example for you to do this in our guide. If you prefer like video guide, you can watch our video
How To Make Homemade Sweet Flour Sauce
Step 1: Add Main ingredients.
Firstly, add 300 ml water into the bowl, then add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 tablespoons flour into the bowl. If you like more saline taste, you can add some salt into the bowl on the basis of your taste.
Step 2: Make Sauce
Pour the mixture into the pan. Then start to heat the pan with the soft fire. Cook and stir it without stop. After about 5 minutes, we will see the sauce thick enough that means the sauce done. You can compare the condition with us in the video to judge if it is thick enough.
Pour the sauce into the container. We should stir it a few times because the skin of the sauce will become dry. After it was cold enough, seal it to store in the refrigerator.
Step 3: How To Use Sauce
Firstly, Prepare some finely minced cilantro and green onion, save them for later.Adding the noodles into the boiled water to cook. When it becomes well-cooked, drain and place it on the plate.
Add the cilantro and green onion, sweet bean sauce into the noodles. Stir it and then add some corn oil to increase the flavour for the noodles. This is just an easy way to use the Sweet Flour Sauce. Hope you like it.
Tips About Making This Sauce
- Make sure the sauce is mixing enough so that it doesn’t lump when you put it in the pan.
- Use the soft fire no bigger fire, we should stir quickly to make them not clump.
- If you don’t have enough color you can add a little bit more dark soy sauce and make sure you add it after you taste the sauce.
- When the sauce cools, it will become thicker than it was in the hot pan. We should stir it few times again to make them to full uniform heating.
- If you care about the blocks in the Sweet Bean Sauce, you should use the strainer to filter the blocks .
- You can use this sauce when you like, don’t need to follow the uses we listed before.
FAQ About Sweet Flour Sauce
What Is Sweet Bean Sauce?
Sweet Bean Sauce is Sweet Flour Sauce that we talked about it before. It has a lot of name about this recipe, like sweet bean sauce noodles, tian mian jiang, tianmian sauce, tianmianjiang, sweet wheat paste. But most of peopel call it Sweet Bean Sauce but we prefer the title name in our article. It can be used for Peking duck.
Where To Buy Sweet Bean Sauce?
Nowadays, most of Chinese food ingredients can be bought on the internet. If you don’t want to follow our guide to make this sauce for yourself. You can buy this sauce on amazon. We recommend you to buy the Lee Kum Kee Sweet Bean Sauce. Lee Kum Kee is one of the most famous Chinese sauce brand.
Sweet Bean Sauce Vs Hoisin Sauce vs Black Bean Sauce?
The three sauce has some same ingredients but not means they are the same. The main ingredient of Sweet Bean Sauce is flour. The main ingredient of Hoisin Sauce includes salt, soybeans, wheat.The main ingredient of Black Bean Sauce is soybeans.
Ok, that’s our detailed on Sweet Flour Sauce(we still like the name). Do you have tried this at your home? Please let me know if you have any problem. We also have many Chinese sauce recipe for you.if you like this type, you can see the general tso sauce
Homemade Sweet Flour Sauce(Sweet Bean Sauce)
- add 300 ml water into the bowl, then add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 tablespoons flour into the bowl.
- Pour the mixture into the pan. Then start to heat the pan with the soft fire. Cook and stir it without stop. After about 5 minutes, we will see the sauce thick enough that means the sauce done.