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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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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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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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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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What is a good substitute for Fish Sauce?

Are there any good substitutes for Fish Sauce for cooking Thai food? This is due to a severe food allergy (anaphylaxis) to all forms of seafood, so I'm unable to substitute for other fish-based ...
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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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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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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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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 (had I ordered it at any restaurant I've ever been to--chinese, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sesame Oil vs Toasted Sesame Oil

I normally purchase sesame oil from an Asian market, but this time I bought it from the grocery store. I primarily use sesame oil for making stir-fried cashew chicken in a wok on the stovetop. ...
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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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What is the correct way to cook thin rice noodles for Vietnamese dishes?

I like to make Vietnamese bun (rice noodle bowl) at home, but my noodles never seem to have quite the same texture as at my favorite restaurants. I boil water, turn it off, and then add the noodles ...
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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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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’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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I prepare prawns such that they are straight after boiling/steaming?

I'd like to make a sushi roll or a vietnamese prawn roll but can't seem to get the prawns to straighten, which would make them much easier to roll up. They were still curled up after I cleaned them ...
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Chinese pork jerky: what makes them so tender, how do you make it?

If you've ever had Chinese beef or pork jerky, you'll know why I'm asking this question. If you have a Chinatown in your city, I'm sure you'll be able to find a market that sells them in vacuum sealed ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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), ...