Grocery Shopping – Ingredients for Oriental Recipes

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Believe it or not, it’s so easy to shopping for ingredients for Oriental recipes.  I’d dare say, it’s even fun.  You get so much culture in such a little place and sometimes its just really nice to get out of my comfort zone only to realize it can be just as comfortable somewhere else.

The folks at this 1st Oriental Market are amazing people.  They’re so eager to help with all your needs.  And I find that this is common just about anywhere I go when it comes to foreign food.  People like to share their experiences and culture.  I find that it isn’t any different here and the owner, Earl and his wife, make it a real pleasant experience.

Most Oriental Cooking, these days, is very simplified because almost all of the guess work has already been cut out for you.  I don’t have to make every individual sauce that is used to combine with other sauces to make one great recipe.  For example: when a recipe calls for Hoisin Sauce, you don’t have to make you’re own Hoisin Sauce from scratch(which would require several other ingredients), you just crack open a bottle.  And what about Plum Sauce… could you imagine having to make that beforehand too?  Both of these ingredients are in my Chinese Barbecue Sauce recipe, which only has 5 or 6 ingredients: Hoisin, Plum Sauce, Ketchup, Sugar, 5 spice powder etc., and that makes it really simple just buying each one of those premade bottles.  But, could you imagine having to make all of those ingredients as well?  You’d be making ingredients for your ingredients.

That being said, I would just like you to understand and realize that you don’t have to learn translations of ingredients you’ve probably never heard of in the first place.  Because, most of the basic ingredients I show you in this video are very versatile to most of the popular Americanized Oriental recipes that you’re likely familiar with anyway.

So get familiar with the few I show you now and I’ll introduce more as we go and you’ll be a pro before you know it!

Mongolian Beef Ribs

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There are several different ways to prepare Mongolian Beef Ribs.  I decided to go with the Asian Style Flanked Rib because I often see them at Chinese Buffets.  I also use the slow and low method to ensure I get some tender meat.  The sauce I use as a marinade but I don’t separate it from the ribs when I bake them.  I cook the ribs right in it.  Then afterwards I add the sauce back into a pan to reduce and thicken further by adding corn starch.  Once it caramelizes, I drizzle the glaze over the top of the rib meat and sprinkle freshly chopped scallions.

Flanked Mongolian Beef Ribs Ingredients:

2 lbs Flanked Beef Ribs

Sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon Ginger, minced
1 tablespoon Garlic, chopped
1 tsp Hoisin Sauce (optional)
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes (optional)

1 tsp Corn Starch deluded in 1 tbsp of Water
2 Green Onions, Chopped into Scallions

Bake 300 degrees f for 2 hours


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Brain Hemorrhage Shots for Halloween

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Brain Hemorrhage Shots are a real fun and scary way to start your Halloween this year.  This drink has just a few ingredients that make it very tasty and sweet so I think you’ll enjoy this little recipe.  Peach Schnapps goes in first, followed by Bailey’s and Cream to give it the floating brain in formaldehyde look.  Then you drizzle a light layer of Grenadine over the top to give it a bloody illusion.  But, you don’t want to drop in too much because the cherry flavor will overpower the drink and make it taste like cough syrup if you add too much.

I’ve also included two links for those that like to barbecue on Halloween.

CLICK HERE for my Bison Burgers
CLICK HERE for my Beer Bratwursts

Brain Hemorrhage Ingredients:

1 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Bailey’s & Cream
splash of Grenadine

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