Updated on August 28, 2009
While fermented blacks beans are sold in dry form in many countries, in the Philippines where they are known as tausi, they are sold soaked in the brine in which they have been fermented. Not to be confused with black bean sauce where the beans are almost liquefied. Tausi is sold canned, in jars or even by the gram in public markets. What are they?
Fermented black beans are soy beans preserved in brine. How are they used? Fermented black beans are used basically as a seasoning although they do add more than just saltiness to food because they impart a distinct aroma and flavor too. They are especially good with fish and other seafood, as well as certain meat dishes. If dried, they need to be soaked in warm water to rehydrate them. If they come soaked in brine, they need to be drained and rinsed. To maximize their flavor, they are often ground or bruised before they are added to the food.