Grocery Shopping – Ingredients for Oriental Recipes

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Believe it or not, it’s so easy 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!

Garlic Noodles

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The Best Asian Garlic Noodles

These Garlic Noodles are based from one of my absolute favorite recipes.  They’re pan fried and prepared with an oriental sauce that has a perfect balance of sweet and sour that your mouth just can’t get enough of and it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.  So if you’re a garlic fan and you love Noodles, you should definitely give this recipe a try.

Garlic Noodles

Garlic Noodles High Temperature

On a side note, most Chinese recipes, like these Garlic Noodles, are cooked with very high temperatures and heat that exceed the standard house hold Teflon pans.  That’s why Professional kitchens and those rare few at home use Woks.  Now it’s nice to have a non stick pan but we’re starting to learn how bad that stuff is for our bodies and we all know it scratches easy.  So I’m featuring “The Rock” by Starfrit in this cooking video for obvious reasons once you look at the specs.  And I’ve just got to say I am really happy with this pan and I’m not getting paid to say it.  CLICK HERE to look into them for your self if you’re interested.

CLICK HERE for my Dan Dan Noodle recipe
CLICK HERE for my Chicken Chow Mein recipe

Garlic Noodles Ingredients:

4 oz Flour Stick Noodles, dehydrated
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp Cooking Wine
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes

Watch the Garlic Noodles Video Tutorial and Cook this recipe exactly the way I show you.

Chicken Chow Mein – Restaurant Style

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This Chicken Chow Mein recipe is how it’s done in most Wok kitchens, varying the vegetables, because chow mein is usually just the left overs from other stir fry’s or oriental dishes. So basically you can put what ever you want in it if you prefer other ingredients. But, I would highly recommend following the way I show you how to do the sauce to insure you get the restaurant quality taste.

Chicken Chow Mein Ingredients:

2 Chicken thighs, cut into 1/2″ pieces
4 oz Pancit Canton Noodles (Flour Stick)
1/2 Sweet Onion, sliced
1 Celery Stick, chopped
1 Green Onion, chopped into Scallions
1/2 cup Bean Sprout
1/4 Carrot, shoestring slices

1 tsp Dark Soy
1 tsp Light Soy
1 tsp MSG (optional)
1 tsp Sherry Wine
1 tsp Garlic Oil