Fermented Black Beans are important in many Asian cuisines. Black Beans are black soybeans that are first cooked, then fermented in their cooking brine and finally salted and dried in the sun. The finished product imparts a flavorful and unique taste to many dishes. Fermented Black Beans are 1 cm in length and have a soft, firm texture. Finely chop and add to fish or meat dishes. Bean paste made from fermented beans is a wonderful sauce for steamed broccoli or stir fry. Soak in water to expel the excess salt. Lightly press to release the fermented flavor. Prepare and cook as desired.