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On day 5 of Whole30. I usually do a considerable amount of Chinese cooking and I'm managing to find Whole30 compliant substitutes for most condiments. But Pixian Chile Bean Paste, which contains broad beans, has me stumped. I could use just ground tian jin peppers, but hoped some of you might have a better suggestion.

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I too love that red bean paste and since finding out I can't have gluten, have been in search of at least a gluten free one, but with sadly, no luck :(


The closest I've found are some chilli + garlic pastes, they're not quite the same though. I have wondered if they use a particular kind of chilli for the flavour.

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Unfortunately, I have no good suggestions. However, I'd actually love to know the substitutes you've found for other things, if you'd be wiling to share. I largely cook Chinese, food, too and though I'm using the coconut aminos for soy sauce, that's as far as I've gotten.  Any thoughts/experience you're willing to share?

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Coconut aminos are my favourite (swap for soy) as so many recipes have only one non-compliant ingredient, soy sauce.

I'm Australian so my Chinese dishes tend to have a fair bit of fusion in them as we tend to mix up our cuisines.


Compliant things we can have that are worth playing around with:

  • Sichuan Pepper
  • Five Spice
  • Garlic (fresh and dried)
  • Ginger (fresh and ground)
  • Capsicum - different varieties
  • Onions
  • Dates (not really a hoi sin replacement, but can add a little sweetness - go easy)
  • Chilli - different varieties
  • Lemongrass (fresh - I don't like dried but not sure my dried one is any good, tastes like sawdust)
  • Eggplant
  • Lime/Lemon/Orange juice
  • Toasted sesame oil (a poor fat source, but a very tasty seasoning)
  • Fresh spring onions
  • Chicken bone broth
  • Full length bean shoots (the long alive kind, no stumpy beans without a long tail - sprouted)
  • Sugar snap peas & snow peas
  • Bok choy, gai lan etc
  • Duck fat (not really traditional, but I find it works with flavours)
  • Pork mince (ground pork, not too lean)

These might give you some ideas:




This isn't a dish locally (USA Chinese), but I have this on my to-try list, but have never made it:

http://meljoulwan.com/2010/08/08/paleo-egg-foo-yung/ (I think the ingredients are a general good list)


If you come up with a beef ginger & lemongrass recipe, I'd love one! (my favourite one is a Chinese/Vietnamese version)

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