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Stir Fried Pork and Cabbage with Black Bean Sauce

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Fermented black beans are most at home in simple stir fries where they can add pungency and unite a few key players. This is my take on black bean sauce, less gloppy and more intensely flavored than what you'll find at your local Chinese take-out. When made with a hefty dose of black beans it's salty, sweet, and perfumed with a funk that could improve just about anything. I went with pork and cabbage: a natural pair, especially when they meet the caramelizing heat of the wok. This stir fry may not be as easy as dialing in delivery, but it's not that much harder either, and it tastes much better.

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