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!

A Low Budget Wonder!

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This is what The Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen is all about!  Eating well and not paying out the A-R-S doing it!  I always get comments about the photo’s my wife and I post on all the top sharing sites.  It seems that some think my recipes contradict the very idea I preach about; gourmet meals at a low budget wonder.  But, I’m telling you folks it can be done very easily, and you don’t have to store up all of your coupons like all of those super moms that Groupon all the time.

Take these crab legs for example.  These are called Santolla Reds, and most days they’re cheaper than Jumbo Shrimp.  Here’s the really crazy thing… they are the size of King Crab legs!  And, they look and taste just like them.  To be completely honest, just a little bit saltier is all.  So what… use unsalted butter and they are fantastic.  I usually buy 4 to 5 lbs of these Santolla Red Crab Legs for under $40 bucks and it feeds my whole family, with left over’s.  Try getting ½ a pound of King Crab Legs and a Baked Potato at any restaurant for under $26 dollars!

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How about these Crawfish?  Do you see the price right in front there?  Blow up the pic if you have to.  It even got down to 99 cents a lbs shortly after I took this photo.  Ironically I had some guy on my Crawfish video freak out on me the other day about it.  He called me a liar and proclaimed in his well educated text, “no where is america its sold for 99 Cent per pound”.  Shortly there after he threatened to come after me and get me evicted from my house when I proved to him they are.  See for your self in the comment thread http://youtu.be/n4loU6zu9Is

Anyway, the point is, if you’re paying top dollar for everything you are trying to cook at home then you are either stuck on the wrong website or you are severely trying to learn.  So if you haven’t closed out this blog yet and your still reading,  and you truly want to know the trade secret to paying less, then whip out your note pad app and write this down:  start talking to the chefs, start talking to the butchers, start talking to anybody and everyone that handles the service behind the refrigerated counters, AND(wait for it), MAKE NICE!  Get in good with them; shit, flirt a little.  It’s not going to hurt you. I’m telling you from experience and matter of factually, If you get in good with them, you’ll get in good with the prices, trust me!