Questions tagged [asian-cuisine]

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Is pad thai actually Thai?

More like meta-cooking question, but I believe it fits here better than on travel stack. All around the world, one of the symbols of Thailand is Pad Thai. And multiple versions of curry. But when I ...
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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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How to make thick Asian sauces?

Is there a common ingredient, or cooking technique, that gives sauces such as Teriyaki, General Tsos, Orange Chicken; their thick/syrupy texture? We sometimes make dishes in a crock pot; we have a ...
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Shrimp/Fish Paste with rice

When I was young my step-mother, who was Filipino, did most of the cooking. She often served plain white rice with this Shrimp/Fish paste on the side instead of soy sauce. I'm trying to find the ...
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Can adding too much sauce and ingredients to fried rice make it too salty?

I was cooking fried rice. I added sriracha sauce, hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, 4 huge sausages, egg, and a bunch of okra. The fried rice was too salty. Would all of these sauces and ingredients ...
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Exactly which kind of cardamom should I use in pho (phở)?

I have been cooking pho for a while. Pho recipes differ from one another, but one of the most common spice ingredients is cardamom. Having looked at various sources, recipes, and Wiki pages, I feel ...
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What exactly is Korean chili paste, aka 'gochujang'? Is there any way of making it at home?

I have recently started trying out some Korean dishes, some of which use the Korean chili paste, gochujang. However, I can't seem to find this in any of my local supermarkets. What exactly is in ...
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Why baking powder in rotis?

I just ate a store bought roti (a flat Indian bread, like a tortilla) and baking powder is a listed ingredient. Why does a flat bread need baking powder? There are no bubbles to grow, are there?
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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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Cooks Illustrated recipe too Salty

The other night I made the "Bejing-Style Meat Sauce and Noodles" from the most recent (May-June 2018) issue of Cooks Illustrated. Usually their recipes come out quite good, even if they are often a ...
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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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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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If I want a complex, yeasty soy sauce, what to look for?

My local Asian food shop has many, many, brands of Chinese soy sauce, light and dark, most of them describing themselves as 'superior'. What should I be looking for in the ingredients lists as a sign ...
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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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Suitable oil for woking?

I know some oil is not suitable for woking. Like sunflower oil and olive oil? What oil is best suitable for woking and which oil is not suitable?
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How do I get my spring rolls crispy?

I tried making spring rolls last night and for whatever reason they turned out soggy and I was generally disappointed. I cooked them in about 5cm vegetable oil in a wok that was on a pretty high heat ...
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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 rice ...
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Why is the English word “curry” used for all these different dishes?

More like meta-cooking question, but I believe it fits here better than on travel stack. Why is English so poor at differentiating all those different things hidden under one common name: curry? Is ...
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Is sushi so difficult?

I've read somewere in the net that sushi is an extremely difficult food to prepare. It will take at least one year just to learn to cook the rice, and ten year to complete the experience. It's so ...
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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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How to prevent large rice noodle from curling?

Today I cooked big rice noodles with chicken in oyster sauce, Thai style. It was very delicious. I had not fresh, but dried noodles (photo not mine). In order to make it right, I needed to first ...
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berberis vulgaris vs berberis aristata

I was reading about zershek (dried berberis vulgaris fruit) in Iran and being Indian , I searched if this is grown in India. I found that berberis aristata is grown in Himalayas and it's fruit is ...
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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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What is the coating of this spring roll called, and how is it made?

I had these spring rolls at a restraunt, but as you can see the outside was quite different to the 'normal' spring rolls I usually see. The texture is light and crispy and looks 'stringy (but doesn't ...
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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 can I separate fresh rice noodles that are stuck together?

I sometimes buy rice noodles from an Asian grocery, especially since certain sizes (like sheets) are hard to find in dried form, and the finished texture is different. However, I generally find that ...
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Wok Cooking on a Home Stove

I work with woks at work and know about the wok pit used to cook on for heat, to hold the rounded bottom, and to toss the food. Is there a tool or way to use my at home gas stove for my wok (...
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Help me find a chinese recipe from “Green Tea” restaurant in Beijing [closed]

Some years ago I went to Beijing for a business trip. My chinese hosts took me out for dinner to a restaurant called Green Tea (it was exactly this restaurant at this location). Amongst many ...
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How do I cook with Salsola (land seaweed)?

I've seen Salsola in buffets, but don't know how to prepare it. How do I prepare it, because I can't seem to find a recipe anywhere?
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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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How to cook multiple batches in a wok without things burning

I've read in a number of places that instead of doubling a recipe in a wok, just do multiple batches. However, whenever I try to do multiple batches, by the second batch things are starting to get ...
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Why are some dried (dehydrated) lime fruits black and others tan brown?

Whole dried limes (Limoo, Omani) come in either black or a tan brown colour. Black has a stronger flavour but what the reason for the difference? Some say that black coloured dried limes are smoked ...
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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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Is rice supposed to be eaten with chopsticks?

This question is about cultural norms and tradition. In Asian countries, is rice intended to be eaten with chopsticks? I heard this is a western misconception, as rice is too hard to pickup with chop ...
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How is “Oelek” pronounced?

Sambal Oelek is an Asian chili paste made and marketed by a Chinese American producer in California (Huy Fong Foods, with a rooster on the jar). I've been using it as an ingredient in mie goreng, the ...
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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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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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Unusual Satay Sauce

A local restaurant serves an unusual satay sauce that I love. Where the satay sauces I see in most places are essentially liquid peanut butter theirs is much lighter on the peanuts, red in color and ...
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Shan Tofu not jelly-like but rather crumbly

I tried making Shan tofu. Unfortunately, my version does not have the slight jelly-like consistency and texture that Shan tofu in Myanmar had. It is firm, but a bit on the crumbly side. This was my ...
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How can I cut the flavour of Worcestershire sauce in a completed Asian dish?

I was following a Chicken Yakisoba recipe that looked good. I ended up doubling the sauce because I had added extra cabbage and other vegetables. The sauce called for: 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 ...
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Which type of UK supermarket rice is closest to Philippine rice?

I have visted the Philippines twice and had many delicious dishes served with the most amazing slightly-sticky rice. Which type/variety of rice, which is readily available in UK supermarkets, is ...
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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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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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How to make century eggs?

I have discovered century eggs while living in Thailand, and instantly fell in love with these treats. Unfortunately, I haven't lived in Thailand for a few years now, and I desperately miss century ...
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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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Stuffed Dumpling Made with Rice Flour

I have been working with rice flour to make homemade stuffed dumplings and have been able to improve my current recipe greatly except for one thing. I am stump as to how I can have the dough ...
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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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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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How to know what light soy sauce had higher quality?

My local asian market features two brands of soy sauce. Lee Kum Kee (LKK) Premium Light Soy Sauce (李錦記鮮味生抽): Water, Salt, Soy Bean (11%), Sugar, Wheat Flour, Flavour Enhancers (E631, E627). Pearl ...
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How do I remove bitterness from bitter melon

We use bitter melon/bitter gourd for making curry. We boil bitter gourd in water couple of times to remove bitterness which is very time consuming. Is there any better way to remove bitterness?