The chili bean paste (Pixian Doubanjiang, 郫县 豆瓣酱) from Sichuan comes from the village of Pi near Chengdu and is produced in a very traditional way in huge clay pots by slow fermentation. Ingredients are next to the Sichuan chilies only fava beans, wheat flour, and salt. This results in a pretty dark red, tough mass. However, there are also bottlings in oil, which is given an extremely red color by the chilies. In addition, the mass is so supple. We prefer this variant.