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!

Thai Red Curry Shrimp – Spicy Prawns Recipe

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This Thai Red Curry Shrimp recipe was just the thing I needed to film this week. With Independence day just around the corner, I thought a spin on the traditional “Shrimp on the Barbee” was in order.  Though I pan fry in this video recipe, there’s no reason why you couldn’t take these straight to the grill after the Prawns are marinated.

I lucked out at the super market when I found these whole jumbo shrimp with heads.  That’s not normally how I buy them.  But they give that Awe and Wow effect when they’re served this way.  And just so you know, you don’t have to have whole jumbo’s .  Just use what you’ve got and what’s available.

Also, if curry and/or spicy shrimp recipes are you’re thing, you might want to check out the Curry Chicken Salad and the Firecracker Shrimp recipes I’ve listed below!

CLICK HERE for Curry Chicken Salad
CLICK HERE for Firecracker Shrimp

Thai Red Curry Shrimp Ingredients:

1 lbs Jumbo Shrimp, Whole (8 to 10)

MARINADE
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
1/4 cup Fish Sauce
1 Lime, juiced
1 tsp Kosher Salt

Splash of Sherry or White Wine when cooking the shrimp (about 2 tbsp)

Topping
3 tbsp Butter, melted
2 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
1 tsp Fresh Thai Basil, chopped
1/2 tsp Red Chili Flakes

For the Topping, combine the melted butter with the curry paste, add a pinch of Kosher salt, the Chili flakes and chopped Basil.


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Stuffed Lobster with Creamy Shrimp, Scallops and Crab Meat

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The Best Stuffed Lobster

I’m completely and utterly in love with this Stuffed Lobster recipe.  Just like the title says, it’s got creamy Shrimp, Bay Scallops and Crab Meat mixed into the Stuffing with a light drop biscuit breading and Bacon.  There is of course a few other ingredients to spice it up a bit but tell me that list didn’t already seal the deal in your mind when you read it to yourself!

Stuffed Lobster

Stuffed Lobster Preparation

I can’t stress enough, the importance of having a good set of Seafood Shears when you’re cutting Shell Fish.  Starfrit sent me this pair to use and demonstrate in this video recipe and I personally think they are awesome.  They cut in reverse, which seems to give the blade some added strength when I grip the handles and apply pressure.  So if you’re interested in a pair like this, I highly recommend this set next time you’re cutting shells.

Also, this recipe is designed to heavily stuff two lobsters with seafood but I found that just one can easily be shared between two people.  So that’s something to consider when you’re making this.  2 Stuffed Lobsters will easily feed 4 to 6 people and my Video Tutorial will teach everything you need to know.

Also I’ve included 2 other Lobster recipes down below and the Drop Biscuit recipe you’ll be needing to complete this Stuffed Lobster recipe.

CLICK HERE for Drop Biscuits
CLICK HERE for Lobster Sauce
CLICK HERE for baked Lobster Tails

Stuffed Lobster Ingredients:

2 Steamed Lobsters, whole
12 oz Bay Scallops
12 Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup Crab Meat
3 pc Bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup Cream Cheese
1 can Cream of Celery
1/2 Red Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
3 Fresh Basil leaves, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup Olive Oil
pinch of Salt
1 egg
1 tbsp Mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 Drop Biscuits
1/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Shake Salt & Pepper throughout entire stuffing

Bake at 400 degrees f for 20 minutes and serve Stuffed Lobster with lemon and melted butter.