Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 3 – Black Garlic

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. Our third outing concerns Black Garlic.

Regular garlic (大蒜 dà suàn) is available in every supermarket or market. I find it a bit milder than European garlic, but just compensate by using more! A second variety is interesting – a single clove variety from Sichuan known as 独蒜 dú suàn. Again, the taste is reasonably mild.

single head garlic1

More unusual and less easy to find is fermented garlic, also known as “black garlic” (黑蒜 hēi suàn). This is regular garlic which has been fermented at a high temperature – a process which turns the cloves a deep black colour. The flesh is sweet and syrupy with a hint of the taste of balsamic vinegar. They can be used with salads and go well with pasta or Chinese noodles. I like to use slivers of black garlic in stir-fried rice.

Black garlic

Black garlic is available from 直营店 zhí yíng diàn at 177 Shuguang DongLu, near the river and the East Gate (Dongmen). Vacuum packed single bulbs are 12元 each. Boxes of 4 are 45元, and packs of 6 are 58元. May sound a lot, but a little goes a long way.

Black Single Headed Garlic

The single-headed garlic is also sometimes, but less often, available in this form.

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