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What is the best western/cheap substitute for banana leaf?

Southeast Asian recipes such as Amok are sometimes steamed in banana leaf containers. Since these are fairly expensive (and presumably not indefinitely reusable), is it possible to use, say, parchment ...
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Sweet sauce for Peking Duck?

I've always wondered what sauce they served with Peking Duck at various Chinese restaurants (at least in Australia anyway). Whenever I order Peking duck as takeout, they normally provide a cute little ...
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How can I get the smokey flavour in Hor Fun?

I made Hor Fun (not the linked recipe in specific) the other day for my girlfriend who loves the dish. However, her critique was that it lacked the distinctive smokey flavour of the dish. When it's ...
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Looking for a philipino cookie.

Years ago, and I'm talking years ago when I was an undergrad in college, it was international cuisine day and all these different peoples set up stands with all types of food. And I vividly ...
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Substitute for Chinkiang vinager

What can I sub for Chinkiang vinegar? It is for a dressing recipe I found. Just don't want to go to the store
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When should I add meat/vegetables when cooking congee?

Congee is cooked for a long time, at least an hour or so. Most recipes I've seen simply recommend dumping all the ingredients in at the beginning and then letting it cook until the rice has broken ...
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How long will Sake last in the fridge?

We've had Sake chilling in our fridge for about a year now. It has been opened. Is this still safe to drink or is it time to throw it out?
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Does “boiling milk” always mean pasteurization, especially in Mongolia?

The Lonely Planet guide for Mongolia uses "boiling milk" and pasteurization interchangeably: TB is a bacterial infection usually transmitted from person by coughing, but which may be transmitted ...
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Why does Black Gram Batter turn fluffy only when stone ground?

Idly and Vada two major recipes of South India. For those dishes Black Gram Batter is the key ingredient. This soaked balck gram when ground in a mixer or food processor makes idly and vada hard and ...
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How to offset sweetness in a sauce?

I recently tried a recipe for Mongolian BBQ that I found online. The sauce consists of garlic, ginger, water, soy sauce, cornstarch, and the main ingredient is 2/3 cup of brown sugar. While it ...
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Can I use diluted lemon juice in place of rice wine vinegar

I'm making some Korean chicken and am out of rice wine vinegar. Would a diluted lemon juice work The recipe only calls for a tablespoon of vinegar so it doesn't form a large part of the dish.
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Ingredient Identification: Hong Kong restaurant spicy spice

I was at a fast food restaurant in Hong Kong which was apparently popular for its spicy dishes - there were cartoons on the walls and lots of red peppers everywhere. It looked like a chain, sort of ...
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Is Bami Goreng the same as the dish labelled as 'Singapore Noodles' in the United Kingdom

In the UK, Bami Goreng or Nasi Goreng appears extremely rarely on far-eastern take away menus however almost all menus offer Singapore Noodles described as a Dry, spicy noodles with ham, shrimp ...
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Is this chicken safe? silkie chicken edition

First off, I am a pastry chef, and my first thought is, when in doubt, toss it out. I have very little experience with chicken. I am also obsessed with trying new things, in this case silkie chicken. ...
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Can spaghetti noodles replace lo mein noodles?

Let's say a family member asked me to try cooking lo mein for dinner, but I don't have time to stop by a big enough grocery store to get Asian noodles. I do, however, have spaghetti in the cupboard. ...
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Homemade nori -> aonori?

In the USA, sheets of nori cost about 7 cents per gram. But it's 140 cents per gram online as a powder, "aonori," an essential topping for takoyaki and okonomikayi. (My town of 100,000 has several ...
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Should lemongrass be edible or just a flavoring?

In my limited experience with lemongrass (which I buy fresh-ish in plastic bags from the fridge of my local asian supermarket - not frozen or dried or anything), it's hard and impossible to chew, no ...
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Can someone identify this food?

I saw my friend eating this Asian snack, either Japanese or Chinese, which I've seen before in those Asian markets. It is hard to describe, but it looks like a ball of dough, with a clearish color. It ...
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How can I tell if soy sauce is of good quality?

How can I tell if soy sauce is of good quality? Is it possible to tell from the smell and colour of the sauce? I'm aware of the differences of dark vs. light soy sauce (see this question: Soya sauce. ...
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What is the origin of fish sauce in asia?

wondering about the history/origins of fish sauce, specifically in Asia. I haven't found anything after Googling a bit.. My friend claims that fish sauce was invented in Italy (the Romans?). Can ...
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Dried tofu - does it have another name, and where can I get it in the UK?

A local Asian supermarket used to sell this stuff that the proprietor referred to as dried tofu. In came vacuum packed, and seemed to be dehydrated tofu that had been marinated in Chinese barbecue or ...
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What is the difference between a spring roll and an egg roll?

The final challenge for a recent "Master Chef" was to make spring rolls. It seemed to me that they were really making egg rolls, like I've seen at any restaurant I've ever been to -- Chinese, ...
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Can I use Basmati Rice for fried rice?

I have some left over boiled Basmati Rice in the fridge and I was wondering if anyone has ever used it to make Chinese Fried Rice given that the recipes generally call for Jasmin rice? Does it have ...
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How heavy should a Chinese chef's knife be?

What weight should a Chinese chef's knife be and for what purpose? All around, i.e. one knife for most cooking Slicing Chopping vegetables Meat without bones Chicken or fish with bones Chinese ...
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What variety of shrimp paste should I use for Brazilian Vatapa?

I recently saw a recipe for vatapa, a Brazilian shrimp stew that looks kind of like a curry gravy in texture. The recipe calls for a reconstituting handful of dried shrimp and then blending it into a ...
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Substitute for sesame oil?

An Asian recipe I'm trying calls for sesame oil. However, the only bottle I found is $6, and since I'm only using a tablespoon of it, and am on a tight budget, I don't want to spend that much just to ...
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Should tamarind pulp go into Pad Thai sauce?

I'm making my own Pad Thai sauce and I'm not sure if I should strain out the tamarind pulp or if it can stay in the sauce. Or is there some type of prepared tamarind which dissolves into the sauce so ...
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Which foods and ingredients are the main sources of fibre in traditional Lao cuisine?

I'm taking an interest lately in Lao cuisine (I'm in the country). But I haven't noticed where they get their fibre from. Which traditional dishes or ingredients should I investigate?
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Using toasted sesame oil in a cilantro “pesto”?

Pesto, chutney, whatever. I go on flavor profile "kicks", right now I am craving Asian - soups, stir fries, curries, you name it. Here's my thought. I want a simple condiment that I can add to ...
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Where does the Asian dish “sang choi bow” come from?

I'm currently travelling in Laos where my favourite local dish is called "larb" or "laap" (ລາບ in Lao, ลาบ in Thai). When I described it to my Australian friend he said it sounded like a dish that ...
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Why do some recipes require or insist on the use of a wok over the use of a skillet / pan?

I have an electric stove. Many of the recipes from my Asian cuisine book call for a Wok to be used rather than a typical flat based pan. Why is there so much stress on the type of pan when the purpose ...
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What does “curd” mean in a South Asian recipe?

I've seen the word "curd" used in a few South Asian recipes (like, notably, some "Butter Chicken" recipes). In one video, it kind-of looks like it might be cottage cheese (or something like that), ...
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What can a half-ripe jackfruit be used for?

We got a (fresh) jackfruit that was not so ripe... somewhat bland, not very tender and not enjoyable. My question is: What should I cook with it? I cooked it like I would a green jackfruit, but ...
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How can I make kimchi with everyday ingredients?

I've read about kimchi, which is a traditional Korean food made from vegetables. I'm not sure I can find Napa cabbage here in Hungary though - can I make it with regular vegetables?
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What are possible substitutes for pineapple in sweet and sour pork/chicken?

Most recipes for sweet and sour pork/chicken I see include pineapple example. But what if someone does not like pineapple? What are candidate substitutes? Do they necessarily need to be fruits? ...
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What are the authentic traditional ingredients for Naan bread?

I would like to know what the authentic and traditional ingredients for Naan bread are. There are many recipes that use some ingredients but not others and the cooking method are not always the same. ...
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Keeping rice paper spring rolls moist

I've made some fresh spring rolls by filling rice paper sheets with vegetables, cheese and peanuts, without any cooking. I've kept the uneaten ones in the fridge for a night in a sealed box. The ...
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Storing Bao Overnight--to steam and refrigerate?

I am making roasted duck bao for a dinner tomorrow night. I will form them all tonight and then refrigerate them until tomorrow. Is it best to steam bao before refrigerating and then steam again ...
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What is “Fish Sauce” typically used for?

A while ago I bought "Fish Sauce" for a recipe (that I've long forgotten) and ended up not using it. Now we don't know what to use it for because none of the Asian cuisine recipes we come across seems ...
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Other uses for Korean salted shrimp

I purchased a jar of tiny Korean salted shrimp to make kimchi. Since I only use a teaspoon or so at a time for the kimchi, I wondered if there were other (Korean or otherwise) creative uses for these ...
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Tan ho, a salad green?

In the local Asian market I saw a couple of names that I didn't recognize. Has anyone heard of a green, called Tan Ho in Chinese? It looked like arugula, tasted like a typical green. Maybe a little ...
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Trick to making perfect egg ribbons?

I'm looking for a time-proven method for getting perfect egg ribbons in egg drop or hot and sour soup. The result I'm looking for is a clear soup with the classic gossamer egg ribbons. I'm not ...
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How long does lotus root stay fresh?

I've got some lotus root that I had in the fridge about a week before I opened it. I left the lotus root in the water in which it was packaged and I'm wondering how long it stays fresh. It still ...
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What is Black Vinegar?

I get this truly awesome vinegar, BLack Vinegar, at some Asian grocery stores around Los Angeles. I have been saying its similar to Bragg liquid Aminos. I have no idea what it's made out of, does ...
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Finding good bamboo shoots

I recently tried to make a soup recipe that called for bamboo shoots. I found some canned shoots from a local Asian supermarket and attempted to use those---but they were awful. They had a bitter, ...
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Azuki Bean Substitute for Anpan

I want to try to make anpan and I was planning to use this recipe for koshian for the anpan's filling. However, I do not have access to azuki beans. Is there another bean that I can use as a ...
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Cabbage Slaw w/ Teriyaki?

I recently had some spicy chicken teriyaki. It came with a side of what was just cabbage in some clear liquid. I've not had luck identifying it online, any idea what it may have been? It was a bit ...
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What is the brown sauce in authentic Chinese fried rice?

There is a lady at work that makes the most awesome and most delicious Chicken Fried Rice on the planet. She uses white rice with some sort of brown sauce that is added when frying the rice in the ...
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Low-sodium alternatives for Asian cooking sauces?

I love Asian cooking, but my doctor wants me on a low-sodium diet. Unfortunately, even the "lower-sodium" or "reduced sodium" versions of sauces (soy, tamari, etc.) are extremely high in sodium. Is ...
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Over cooking shiitake mushrooms?

I eat Asian cuisine a lot but I've started to use shiitake mushrooms in the stead of just about anything else because I think they're delicious. I've had them in vinaigrettes, caramelizing with ...