This is a western version of BBQ sauce commonly used in Chinese cuisine, a thick, pungent sauce made from fermented beans and spices to glaze the meat. This a sentient version that will transform your stir-fries!
When you make a homemade veganized version, you control what ingredients you use, and it becomes easier to select healthier ingredients such as dark brown sugar or (honey), natural sesame butter, and a fresh fennel bulb to replace garlic in the original recipe.
Store-bought hoisin sauce always contains garlic, which is not sentient, and sometimes starches from wheat, making the sauce non-gluten-free. The umami hoisin sauce flavor comes from fermented beans. The truth is, it’s not easy to acquire the fermented flavor of this sauce when creating it by yourself and perhaps the reason why most people go for the store-bought version. To acquire the fermented flavor, we use miso.
The most common type of miso is the one made from fermented soybean paste. There are three main types of miso that have different tastes. What is commonly referred to as miso is red miso or any dark-brown miso paste, such as what we use in this recipe. It is a tad salty with an intense umami flavor. Shiro miso, also known as white miso, has a lighter flavor as it is only fermented for a short time. The third type is yellow miso fermented for a longer period than white miso but shorter than the dark variety.
Miso has gut health benefits from the fermentation process. It is also rich in protein and essential plant compounds that promote your heart health, lower blood sugar levels and boost your immunity.
Our Sentient Black Bean Hoisin sauce homemade version tastes 100% sentient and better 🙂 then the ones you buy. Add a simple, subtle flavor to the dishes you want to use for your sentient stir-fries with this tasty sauce.
Sentient Black Bean (Hoisin Sauce)
Nutritional Benefits: Black beans are rich in insoluble and soluble fiber, both of which support your gut function, keep you full longer and prevent and even reduce your symptoms of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Black beans are also endowed with magnesium, riboflavin, thiamine, potassium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, and sodium that help protect your bones, lower bad cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. Sun-dried tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps reduce symptoms of chronic diseases such as cancer and age-associated macular degeneration. They are also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C that helps improve your overall health.
- 1 cup black beans, cooked until soft
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in sesame oil
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp tahini paste
- 1 medium stalk of fennel bulb, chopped into pieces
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (according to taste)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 dried chili or sambal olek (optional)
In a mortar place three tablespoons of cooked beans and mash into a smooth paste; set aside.
Heat sesame oil in a pot and saute the dried chili, fennel stalk, black pepper, and grated ginger for about 4 minutes.
Transfer the sauteed ingredients along with the rest of the ingredients into a blender and whisk the ingredients into a smooth sauce.
Pour the mixture into a pot and let it boil and continue stirring for 20 to 30 minutes until it gets thick.
When the sauce begins to boil, add in the mashed beans and stir well the mixture and allow it to cook until it comes to a boil.
Let it cool down and taste it for sweet, sour, and salty taste. Add in one or more of the three flavors as required to your liking.
Transfer to a bottle and cover the top with roasted sesame oil. Secure with a lid and store in the fridge for a few weeks.
The sauce is perfect for vegetable stir fry. You can as well serve with tofu, bok choy or spinach.
1.3g Saturated fat
This is a sentient version of the Hoisin sauce. which was adapted from the Chinese cuisine. Play around with the flavours you like and be creative. You can also add some nori algae for a fishy flavour.