2tablespoonsfermentedsalted black beans, rinsed and rained
1teaspoonchili pepper flakes
In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry , sugar, salt, water and scallions.
In a small saucepan, heat oil, then add black beans and chili pepper flakes; cook for one minutes; stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in soy sauce mixture. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Adapted from Florence Lin's Complete Book of Chinese Noodles, Dumplings and Breads