Fermented black beans are sold in plastic bags in Asian markets. At home, remove the beans from the package and store in a sealed container in a cool, dark place. The beans will last for several months. You can also find fermented black beans sold in jars - these can be used instead if necessary but they don't have as much flavor.
If you don’t live near an Asian market, premade black bean sauce is often available in the international or ethnic section of many supermarkets. You can also purchase both fermented black beans and premade black bean sauce at several online stores specializing in Asian ingredients.
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