BASIC PREPARATIONS

HOW TO PREPARE SWEET FLOUR SAUCE

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The sweet flour sauce, also called Tianmian sauce (甜面酱), is a thick, smooth, dark brown paste with a mild savory and sweet flavor. It is commonly used in Northern Chinese cuisine. Some of the most popular ways of enjoying this sauce are: 1) as a condiment for noodles salad; 2) as a dipping sauce for Peking duck and fresh vegetables; 3) in cooking meat for a strong umami taste.

come preparare la Salsa di farina dolce

The sweet flavor comes majorly from the fermented ingredient. Some region uses fermented wheat flour, some uses fermented soybeans (for this reason this sauce is also known as sweet bean sauce). Certain northern provinces in China add more sugar to enhance the sweetness.

This recipe gives you a short cut to replicate this sauce, saving you from the long fermentation by using sugar and salsa di soia. Follow the below recipe and prepare your own Tianmian sauce.

Sweet Flour Sauce 甜面酱

Recipe by Sasha WangCourse: BASIC PREPARATIONSCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Low
Servings

8

persons
Preparation

5

minutes
Cooking

5

minutes
Total Time

10

minutes

The sweet flour sauce, also called Tianmian sauce (甜面酱), is a thick, smooth, dark brown paste with a mild savory and sweet flavor.

INGREDIENTS

  • Water: 300ml

  • Sugar: 2 tbsp

  • Soy sauce: 3 tbsp

  • Dark soy sauce: 2 tbsp

  • Oyster sauce: 2 tbsp

  • Flour: 30g

Preparation

  • Put all the ingredients in a nonstick pan. Mix them well making sure there is no lumps in the mixture.Versa tutti gli ingredienti in una padella antiaderente. Mescola bene assicurandoti che non si formino grumi nel composto.
  • Put the pan on high heat. Continue to stir the mixture in order to heat it up gradually and evenly.
  • After around 2 minutes the mixture is thickening. Lower the heat and keep stiring.
  • After 4 minutes, there would be big bubbles raising from the bottom of the padella. At this point the mixture should have turned into a cream with smooth and dense texture. come preparare la salsa di farina dolce
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  • Conserve the sauce in a jar and keep it in the fridge. Use it whenever you want.come preparare la salsa di farina dolce

VIDEO RECIPE

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2 Comments

  1. Serge Martich-Osterman

    Sasha,
    Thanks for the recipe… I include today’s entry in my diary… For once, the word ‘serendipity’ applies on two counts!… Keep up the good work in Italian, in English, in Chinese or all three…
    see below my diary entry:

    SWEET FLOUR SAUCE / SWEET BEAN SAUCE 甜麵醬
    Sunday 5 November 2023
    The alternative title indicates all versions include wheat flour (usually fermented), but some also include soy beans. Serendipitously (really so, for a change!) I found Sasha Wang’s blog Cina in Tavola – Ricette Casalinghe Di Cucina Cinese. If this were not serendipitous enough, the recipe through which I found her blog: How to Prepare Sweet Flour Sauce, was posted January 30, my birthday!
    As for the recipe itself, Sasha Wang (王) offers a credible version of a wheat-flour thickened sauce that makes use of the usual array of flavouring agents – sugar, lt .soy sauce, dk. soy sauce, oyster sauce – but lacks the missing ingredient (甜麵醬) that makes all the difference when you can find itI
    I was born in Italy. But I haven’t been back for 73 years. Given it’s hard enough to find decent versions of 甜麵醬 here, in Sydney’s Chinatown, it might be harder to find them in Florence?

     
    • Thank you so much Serge for such kind words. So happy that my humble recipe brings you comfort. Your appreciation is the greatest encouragement to me.

       

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