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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 ...
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Chinese rice vermicelli tastes of chemicals

We bought a large package of dry rice vermicelli recently at our local Thai market. We've cooked it a couple of times, and both times once it starts to boil it gives off a chemical odor, sort of like ...
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How can I prepare left over Stir Fry for the fridge?

I like making Stir Fry and I've tried several times to make two meal's worth so I can refrigerate half and take it to work, but so far every attempt has been sub-bar. It's veggie stir fry and I use a ...
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What is this Asian dish made with boiled vegetables?

Does anyone know which is the dish where we have a pot/pan of boiling vegetables/meat in the center and people sit around it with their noodles and soup bowls and keep picking things from it and ...
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Substituting for Candlenuts in Indonesian Food

Indonesian cuisine relies heavily on candlenuts as a base and thickener for spice pastes which are the foundation of the cuisine. This includes many of the various rendangs and sambals, such as ...
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Is there a difference between the grocery store package of chow mein noodles and the package of lo mein noodles?

I'm looking at making a recipe that calls for lo mein noodles. All I can find in the grocery store are chow mein noodles. Is there a difference between these two types of noodles? I am referring ...
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Why do Asian savory recipes call for a few pinches of sugar?

I've got a few Asian recipes (e.g. Mongolian lamb and Singapore duck) that request only ⅛ teaspoon of sugar for a meal fit for 2 or 3 people. That feels too little to affect sweetness. Are ...
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What are the optimal simmering times for each stage of a traditional phở?

Several of my associates and I consider ourselves phở connoisseurs, of a sort, and one thing we've noticed is the drastic variation in the quality of the broth served at various establishments. The ...
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How can I tone down the heat in hot oriental mustard, without making it sweet/significantly altering flavor?

I recently attempted to mix up my own hot oriental mustard using a powder, bought in the local supermarket. (S & B Oriental Hot Mustard) Following the directions on the can. I mixed with water ...
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What is a more common substitute for Shaoxing cooking wine?

I have never cooked with Shaoxing wine, so I'm not sure what would be its best substitute.
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How do I use a Chinese spoon?

In Asian restaurants the soup comes with a flat-bottomed spoon. It seems awkward to use this spoon as one would a "western" spoon. Is there a special technique to using a Chinese Spoon? What is ...
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Soaking beef in water

I've begun cooking Asian food in the past year or so, and in many Korean and Chinese beef recipes, I see instructions to soak beef in water. Just plain water, not salt water or anything. And every ...
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How to make Chicken Laksa taste more like To's restaurant?

I've tried a couple of recipes to make Chicken Laksa but I cant get it to taste like this Malaysian restaurant (To's in North Sydney). I've had the best luck with this recipe from Taste. Is it just ...
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What do I need to make pho at home?

For those people that don't know, vietnamese pho is usually a beef broth with noodles as the very basic; variations of pho will include beef, beef meatballs, etc. However, I'm looking for ingredients ...
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What can you make with Dried Lemon Grass? [closed]

A friend went to Cambodia for vacatation, and brought back many packets of dried lemon grass. Can someone tell me what its uses are, and mention some easy to prepare dishes that make use of dried ...
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What is the black, slightly sweet, flavour in some Asian food?

It seems to be a popular ingredient in Asian (esp. Chinese?) food. I encountered them on pork spareribs, and some side dishes. Apparently it turns everything completely black when it is added. I can ...
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I have seaweed salad with sesame flavor. What are some good ways to garnish it or nice things to garnish with it?

I'm curious for some ideas on what to make with seaweed salad.
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Is there an alternative wrap for spring rolls other than rice paper?

I've been making spring rolls (the deep-fried variety) for some time now, and they are really good, but I've noticed some Asian restaurants use something else for wrapping them than the generic, ...
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What is vietnamese pho? What exactly does it consist of?

What exactly is pho? I know it's a type of vietnamese cuisine. What does a bowl of pho typically consist of? What are the bare requirements to consider it pho?
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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What sort of rice and noodles are “brown rice” or “brown noodles”?

I am a university student about to enter his second year. At my school, only freshman are given (relatively cheap) access to the Dining Commons, and I recall, near the end of the year, a nutrition ...
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Stir fry sauce quantity

I am trying to create written instructions for making stir fry for some rather inexperienced cooks to follow. One dilemma that I'm having is describing the amount of sauce to use. How would you ...
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What flavour can cut through salt?

I'm putting together an asian sauce to throw over some steamed greens & have made it a bit too salty (it contains soy, fish & oyster sauce). What can I add to cut back the saltiness?
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Substitute for red bean paste?

I recently bought a book of Asian recipes. The author seems to have a huge crush on red bean (azuki) paste, since about a half of the recipes call for it. Unfortunately, the availability of red beans ...
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Thai Chicken and Noodles Recipe Recreation

I used to eat this delicious Thai Chicken and Noodles recipe from a restaurant that closed down over a decade ago. I'm looking for a closest approximation of a recipe that will still taste good. (I ...
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How to make bubble tea - the “real” (tea-less) version? Is there a way to create the powdered flavoring?

I've been unsuccessful thus far in recreating Khmer bubble tea, or the pastel-colored bubble tea one can find at many small cafes and stands. The specific kind of bubble tea I'm looking to make uses ...
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Make spring rolls in advance

I'm making some spring rolls for a party on Friday. As I will not be able to make them the same day I was wondering what the best option would be. I will have the possibility of frying them directly ...
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What are the differences between types of soy sauce?

I recently started using Tamari over whatever the standard US form of soy sauce is. The difference was something of a revelation. The depth and complexity of flavor is an order of magnitude more ...
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What are some appropriate accompaniments for satay? [closed]

I have an excellent recipe for satay chicken, which I usually accompany with coconut rice. Last time, I also attempted a kind of Asian coleslaw of white cabbage, chilli, carrot and lime juice, but it ...
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What kind of peppers are used in Gochugaru (고추가루)?

I'm trying to make kimchi, but I don't have any chili powder (gochugaru -고추가루). Does anyone know what type of chili pepper(s) this is made from? I'm trying to find it at a normal western grocery ...
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Substitute for sesame oil (sesame allergy)

My family eats a lot of stir fries and sesame oil is a critical ingredient in many of them. Unfortunately, my wife is allergic to sesame so we need an alternative. Has anyone had success recreating ...
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What is the best way to fry rice cake?

I have some white rice cake. The instructions say to soak it in water overnight, then either fry it or simmer it. I tried part of it simmered some time ago, and didn't like the bland taste. So today I ...
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How do I make Udon noodles fat?

When I get Udon at a restaurant, they're these massively thick noodles. When I cook them they look like linguine. What am I doing wrong?
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What's the difference between tamari and soy sauce?

If a recipe calls for tamari, can I use plain soy sauce instead? If using one for the other, what effect would it have on a recipe?
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Soya sauce. Are they different for variety of dishes?

Soya sauce: Whenever I buy new Soya sauce, it tastes quite different. Normally I use it in noodles and manchurian. Any tips to buy it. During my reading, people mentioned thick/thin soya sauce. But ...
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Chinese Hoppin' John

In the American South, Hoppin' John is a popular New Year's meal. In honor of the Chinese New Year, I would like to make a Chinese variation on Hoppin' John. In place of bacon, I thought I'd use BBQ ...
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Black Rice Vinegar for Sushi

Can I use black rice vinegar for sushi rice? (Chinkiang Vinegar) What is the difference to white rice vinegar when making sushi? Should I still add sugar and salt?
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How can I recreate the flavour of instant ramen without the salt?

I am looking to make my own instant ramen soup - nothing complicated, but there must be a way to duplicate the instant variety without all the salt. I've played with combinations of dried onions + no ...
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Homemade Gluten-Free Udon Noodles

I have celiac disease and would like to make gluten free Udon Noodles. I have been unable to find a recipe and have never made homemade noodles. Does anybody know how to make these delicious, chewy ...
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Is there a substitute for dashi?

I adore Japanese cooking, but when cooking for vegetarians, I don't want to use dashi (bonito) stock. However, if I just omit it, the result doesn't taste authentic. Anyone have a substitute?
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How can I make my seitan a bit firmer?

I tried my hand at making homemade seitan the other night, and it was pretty good - my only complaint was that it wasn't as firm as I would have liked it to be. These are the steps I followed (based ...
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How do Thai People Make Peanut Sauce?

I'm interested in making my own Thai Peanut sauce. However, every recipe I see online says to use peanut butter. I like Thai Peanut sauce I have in restaurants, but I HATE peanut butter. So when I ...
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Why are many chinese sauces so dark?

I've noticed that many sauces used in chinese cooking (hoisin, oyster, bean etc.) are relatively dark, and often black in color. What's the reason these sauces are so dark? Does it have something to ...
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How can I make perfect sticky rice?

I have a couple of weeks off of school, and thought I would try my hand at some dim sum, specifically lotus leaf wraps, but first I need to figure out how to make the sticky rice. So: What type of ...
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Shredded steak for south east asian dish

I have a recipe for Nasi Goreng, which calls for 1/2 lb of shredded raw rump steak. I'm not sure how one goes about shredding steak - any suggestions?
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Mysterious Disintegrating Udon noodles

A few weeks ago, I had a very strange experience making udon noodles. Almost instantly after adding the dried noodles to boiling water, and giving a slight stir, they began to break apart. After a few ...
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Bitter watercress

I have a recipe for spring rolls which call for (essentially) half watercress and half ground pork. I boil the watercress first, then chop it and fry it with carrot, tofu, and seasonings. Then I add ...
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What is the technique for Vacuum Flask Cooking?

I read an article about Asian cooking involving a Vacuum Flask so I was looking for some techniques involved in cooking with it.
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How to make your own Tempeh?

I'm looking for information on Tempeh, especially how one make it themselves. Any info would be appreciated.
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How long does shrimp paste last in the fridge?

Basically, I have some shrimp paste, it's a nice, very dark purple colour, and I keep it in the fridge. It's not "dry", but it's dry enough to be extremely firm when I take some out of the jar with a ...