Black Bean Sauce Squid
scallions, spring or green onions
Many people shy away from dishes with names like Black Bean Sauce Squid because they think it involves the preparation of a complicated sauce.
In fact it is quite easy. The black beans themselves, fermented and salted when you buy them, are the sauce.
All you do is add a little rice wine to make a paste.
Then it's just like any other stir-fry a couple of minutes of high-heat cooking, continuously stirring, and the dish is done.
Prepare black bean sauce mixture by adding to the beans: rice wine, soy sauce and sugar.
Let sit for 15 minutes.
Sauté garlic and ginger in the oil over medium heat in a heavy frying pan or wok until garlic is slightly browned.
Turn up heat. Add squid and scallions.
Stir-fry for 30 seconds. Pour in black bean sauce mixture, and cook for 2 minutes.
Add cornstarch and, when sauce thickens, remove from heat and serve.