White Radish in Szechuan Hot Bean Paste

"Szechuan Hot Bean Sauce" or "Szechuan Dou Ban Jiang" is a spicy, salty paste made from fermented broad beans, soya beans, salt, and various spices. It is used particularly in Szechuan cuisine and regarded as "the soul of the Szechuan kitchen". One well known variety is called "Pixian Dou Ban Jiang" (郫县豆瓣酱), named after the town of Pixian, Szechuan. You can also use the paste to make spicy tofu dishes, or serve as a great accompaniment to the rice and noodles.

  • 600 g White radish
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Szechuan hot bean paste
  1. Peel and slice the white radish into thin strips. Place them in a large bowl, and rub all sides of the radish with the salt. Sit in the fridge for 3 hours to draw the water. Remove and squeeze the excess water.
  2. Add in the rest of condiments and mix until combined. Transfer the mass into a clean dry glass and screw it tightly. Chill overnight.
White Radish in Szechuan Hot Bean Paste


wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... 7/7/10 06:03

Never knew white radish can be used in stir fries.
Thanks for sharing.

Angie's Recipes 7/7/10 06:05

wendy:This is not a stir-fry. :-) It's sort of fridge pickles. And sure radish can be stir-fried too.

Pavithra 7/7/10 06:26

Yummy and looks soo delicious.. I love the bean paste its very yummy for stir fries.. This one with radish sounds yummy!!!!

mr. pineapple man 7/7/10 06:50

looks so good! this is daikon right?

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 7/7/10 07:08

Thanks for a great chilled pickle recipe. I love radish though some people seem to find it a bit bitter. I know I would definitely go ga-ga for this!

sweetlife 7/7/10 07:09

oh great recipe, I love anything pickled, great to have on hand during the summer heat..


PranisKitchen 7/7/10 07:20

really liked the paste.. the paste made the radish so delicious.. really yummy szechuan sauce

zurin 7/7/10 07:35

my word ! that bean paste looks mouth watering. Il bet itll be good with everything. By all teh descriptions of schewan food I know Ilike them..spicy...whats not to like :))) your little dish is ever so dainty! :)

tigerfish 7/7/10 08:51

It is actually good to eat the white radish, raw. This is a nice way to eat it raw :p

Krishnaveni 7/7/10 08:58

lovely dish, worth trying, thanks for the recipe, beautiful click

Priya 7/7/10 09:49

Such a beautiful dish, looks simply delicious..

The Housewife 7/7/10 11:35

Your pictures are so gorgeous! I'm not a radish fan but the pictures make me want to try the recipe out!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) 7/7/10 11:39

I never prepare radish in this way, sound so refreshing and healthy, must try out one day.

MaryMoh 7/7/10 12:20

Spicy and delicious. Chilled, this would be so good with BBQ meat...mmm

Foodessa 7/7/10 12:51

I use mild bean sauce in lots of my fusion dishes...I'm however, very mildly into anything hot spicy related. I'll have to look into white radish...since I don't know much about it...you opened a new gateway for me. Thanks. Beautiful photos ;o)
Flavourful wishes,

Diana's Cocina 7/7/10 13:15

Lovely photos. If it's spicy count me in!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac 7/7/10 13:20

Love radish and chilli. This looks so refreshing!

Belinda @zomppa 7/7/10 13:47

The Szchuan paste is sooooo good - this is almost like an adaptation of kimchi with the radish!

bunkycooks 7/7/10 13:55

I like the spicy flavors with the cold relish. I am sure this is very good!

Pete 7/7/10 14:15

I love hot bean paste....nice with radish....looks good!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine 7/7/10 14:25

Your pictures are so beautiful as always, never knew about white raddish hot bean pasta..but sounds yumm to my taste buds.

nora@ffr 7/7/10 14:59

brilliant angie!!! will defineitly get that bean sauce
p.s. m loving that fish shaped bowl! :)

3 hungry tummies 7/7/10 15:03

Perfect appetizer right before a good Chinese meal!

Jess @ Bakericious 7/7/10 15:19

Angie, I love radish pickles, I am salivating when seeing your white radish pickles, yum yum. And your fish shape bowl look so cute.

Dishesdone 7/7/10 15:24

I love spicy and that looks so good! Have to look for the bean paste! Pretty dishes!

Vrinda 7/7/10 16:08

Never tried white radish this way..looks too good

My Little Space 7/7/10 16:27

Angie, this is such a refreshing recipe for radish pickle! I bought a tin of hot bean sauce last month and have no idea what to do with it! haha... Thanks alot for sharing. Have a wonderful day, dear.
Cheers, Kristy

Rachana 7/7/10 16:50

That looks so good! So spicy and yumm!

Mary 7/7/10 18:54

What a lovely recipe. I love pickles in any form and this sounds delicious. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

pegasuslegend 7/7/10 23:47

looks awesome! great job!

Cook with Madin 8/7/10 01:48

i love pickled radish, but yours really looks awesome.

Sook 8/7/10 03:39

The hot bean paste sounds so awesome! I love spicy paste like this. It reminds me of Gochujang that I had for dinner. :)

Hettar7 8/7/10 04:27
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Hettar7 8/7/10 04:31

Ok, so I deleted my comment because I spelled a word incorrectly. And by incorrectly I mean I typed "whole" instead of "hole". yeah....

Anyway, This recipe sounds good. I like radishes and I like spicy spices. :) I'm hoping this isn't too burn a HOLE through your stomach lining spicy, cause it seems like it has the potential. But I'll chance it.

Biren 8/7/10 05:08

This looks like a very appetizing pickle.

Neha 8/7/10 06:39

loved your blog...white radish is well cooked and presented..I want to learn continental cuisine..following you

Christine@Christine's Recipes 8/7/10 07:04

I love the way of your presentation of this humble dish. It looks gorgeous.

Jeannie 8/7/10 07:54

I could eat lots of this! I love side dishes like this one... sometimes they serve this kind of dish as an appetiser in restaurants. I'll be hogging it lol!

Ann 8/7/10 08:32

this is a very nice dish...good for summer too! i like it in pickles .mm mm!

Elin 8/7/10 08:54

Angie, this is the first time I heard of radish in stir fry :) Thanks for sharing and I love how you stack them up so nicely and I love your cute fish shaped dish :)

Fimère 8/7/10 11:41

une recette très originale, je n'en ai jamais goûté
ça doit être délicieux et goûteux
la présentation est sublime, bravo
bonne journée

Joanne 8/7/10 12:35

That hot paste has me drooling! What great pictures.


I've pickled radishes before, but NEVER like this. I'm so intrigued! Beautiful photos!

Jo 8/7/10 14:23

This sounds like a great appertizer dish and looks like those you would get as side condiments in a chinese restaurant. Delicious flavours.

lisaiscooking 8/7/10 14:50

I think I could find a lot of uses for hot bean paste. It sounds delicious with white radish, and I bet I'd love it with tofu!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 8/7/10 15:29

Great condiment, how long can you keep this in the fridge?

petite nyonya 8/7/10 16:03

Angie, I have to say that I am really amazed at the number and types of dishes and cakes and breads you could do! This must be a really refreshing appetiser!

Hornsfan 8/7/10 16:07

Beautiful as always Angie :)

Erica 8/7/10 16:22

This looks so delicious,Angie!I would love to try that paste.

Angie's Recipes 8/7/10 16:38

Hettar: You are a perfectionist. :-)
Jeannie: I understood exactly what you meant...me too.
Janet: It will stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of years.

Thank you, guys, for all your kind words!

Cheah 8/7/10 17:31

Your creation of this radish pickle looks so tempting. Something like our acar.

Katie@Cozydelicious 8/7/10 20:22

I got a ton of white radishes in my CSA share and have been trying to come up with creative ideas. I love this! Yum!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking 8/7/10 20:55

This looks so yummy, just can't stand it!!=)

Chef Dennis 8/7/10 22:19

what a beautiful dish! your images are fantastic, and your presentation flawless....I want so much just to reach out and taste it!

Cinnamon-Girl 8/7/10 22:53

I never had these before - they look kind of like onions. Everything you make looks incredibly tempting Angie! I still wish we were neighbors!

Chef E 9/7/10 00:29

You know what a blogger said to me? They said today they get tired of reading blogs so they switch- You are stuck with me girl, as I just caught up on your posts today- darn am I hungry, and for this. I saw radish recently the long ones, and though about what new kinds of things I could do and and here you go with this yummy dish!

Velva 9/7/10 04:07

What an interesting relish ( I know that's not quite the right term to use). This concoction of beans and spice would spice up a dish very nicely. I assume you can add it to a cooked dish for additional flavor but, not cook it.

TasteHongKong 9/7/10 08:45

You always make great salads, or pickles? Whichever, they look appetizing : ).

TasteHongKong 9/7/10 10:48

You always make great salads, or pickles? Whichever, they look appetizing.

OysterCulture 9/7/10 14:33

This just sounds like the perfect condiment, what a great idea. Simple and amazing and tasty.

pigpigscorner 9/7/10 17:36

So refreshing! This makes a good appetiser!

Mother Rimmy 9/7/10 17:57

I need to have you give me food photography lessons. Your pictures always make the food look amazing!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 11/7/10 07:22

My grandfather would always give me white radish to eat when I was little, so it's always had a place in my heart. And now that I'm older, I love spicy things and Szechuan food too. So how could I not be drawn to this dish? I can't :).

tasteofbeirut 12/7/10 20:42

Thanks Angie for a tasty and original recipe; we do get this paste but I have a limited repertoire on how to use it. This will be remembered next time.

Magic of Spice 14/7/10 01:06

Gorgeous dish! I have never tried szechuan hot bean paste, but it sounds like a great sauce:)

Cocina Savant 15/7/10 15:21

Thanks for the excuse to go shopping at the Asian market. Perfect dish for a summer evening, can't wait to whip some up.

mysimplefood 19/7/10 22:57

Hello... Thanks for this recipe. I only use radish typically for soup but now I can try this recipe you have here. Looks interesting.

Patty 22/7/10 02:20

Oh my goodness, this recipe is right up my alley! My mother (korean) also made a lot of Kim Chi dishes using white radish and their own version of hot pepper. I love anything that is hot, spicy and pickled! This would go beautifully with some grilled meats and vegetables! Now my mouth is watering! Also, as always, your photos are gorgeous.


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