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Old 07-27-2014, 05:57 AM   #1
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Heading to the Asian grocers . . . .

I'm planning on getting some Tom Yum for DDs and hoping to find Do Chua already prepped (pickled daikon and carrots) to try to make my own Banh Mi.

What else is good, or should I be on the lookout for?

I'll look for shirataki noodles as well, though I can get those at several stores.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:20 AM   #2
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I like these cubes - they're pretty much kcal free because of the fibre content (but read the labels):
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Nata de coco is a chewy, translucent, jelly-like foodstuff produced by the fermentation of coconut water, which gels through the production of microbial cellulose by Acetobacter xylinum.
Nicer than it sounds, in the UK, it tends to be suspended in liquid in a jar.

See if they have Chinese Sausage - it has a very powerful flavour so you only need a little to add to noodles to flavour them.

Pork floss likewise makes a very powerful flavouring addition for few kcals.

Toasted, not fried, seaweed packs are good snacks.

A box of fresh lychee fruit - yeah, I have to watch myself with these

If they have foods from other countries, see if there's some kimchee or similar?
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:32 AM   #3
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Thanks, Slow! Some of that I had never heard of.

I have wasabi toasted nori, which I adore. I also have kimchee on hand. I'll be looking out for the other items.
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:14 AM   #4
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Are you looking for DD foods, or yummy stuff in general?
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:15 AM   #5
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:42 AM   #6
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Ok, here are some of our favorites:
(my son is vegetarian & I'm not, Asian food is heaven for both of us!)

--Smoked tofu and rice sticks for pad thai
--5-spice tofu, baked tofu, chili tofu, puffed tofu, tofu noodles
(I think you said you like tofu? )
--Seitan (fresh, next to tofu; curried, in cans)
--Dumpling sauce
--Mirin (cooking wine)
--Miso
--Seaweed (look for "salted stem" if you like seaweed salad)
--Shumai for me, veggie dumplings for DS
--Sesame powder (great for breading)
--Black sesame oil (tastes like toasted sesame oil, great for stir-fries & marinades, adds extra flavor to hummus)
--Furikake (seasoning you sprinkle on rice)
--Thai curry (my favorite is green)
--Pickled ginger (the pink, paper-thin kind served with sushi is called gari and has loads of sugar; there's another kind cut in strips and called kizami or beni shoga that has no sugar, only 5 calories for huge 1-oz serving)
--Tobiko, rice, nori sheets if you like to make your own sushi
(I love BBQ eel...I get a frozen piece for myself once or twice a year)
--Rice wrappers for salad rolls, tofu sheets for yuba rolls

(of course this is many trips' worth of exploring and experimenting...never bought all this at once! just some ideas)

The one I go to has tons of very fresh seafood and also a meat counter where you can get hard-to-find things like pork belly & chicken feet!
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:33 AM   #7
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I avoid tofu due to thyroid disease, but saw most of what you listed at the store. Thanks!

I ended up getting:

Tom Yum paste
Beef pho paste
bitter melon (no idea what to do with it)
fresh daikon
bean sprouts
stainless steel chopsticks

I gave myself an hour to explore and it wasn't nearly enough time!! I'll probably go back next weekend, so keep the ideas coming.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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Serious Eats has some good ideas for bitter melon as does the recipe section of National Bitter Melon Council (seriously).
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:31 PM   #9
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I adore Vietnamese and Thai Food. I wish there was a good Banh Mi place nearby. I had them when I lived in New Mexico and have not had them since. It was the most divine sandwich I ever ate!

Have you read the new "handbook" for making Banh Mi sandwiches?

Let us know how your homemade sandwiches came out. Enjoy!
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Ok, here are some of our favorites:
(my son is vegetarian & I'm not, Asian food is heaven for both of us!)

--Smoked tofu and rice sticks for pad thai
--5-spice tofu, baked tofu, chili tofu, puffed tofu, tofu noodles
(I think you said you like tofu? )
--Seitan (fresh, next to tofu; curried, in cans)
--Dumpling sauce
--Mirin (cooking wine)
--Miso
--Seaweed (look for "salted stem" if you like seaweed salad)
--Shumai for me, veggie dumplings for DS
--Sesame powder (great for breading)
--Black sesame oil (tastes like toasted sesame oil, great for stir-fries & marinades, adds extra flavor to hummus)
--Furikake (seasoning you sprinkle on rice)
--Thai curry (my favorite is green)
--Pickled ginger (the pink, paper-thin kind served with sushi is called gari and has loads of sugar; there's another kind cut in strips and called kizami or beni shoga that has no sugar, only 5 calories for huge 1-oz serving)
--Tobiko, rice, nori sheets if you like to make your own sushi
(I love BBQ eel...I get a frozen piece for myself once or twice a year)
--Rice wrappers for salad rolls, tofu sheets for yuba rolls

(of course this is many trips' worth of exploring and experimenting...never bought all this at once! just some ideas)

The one I go to has tons of very fresh seafood and also a meat counter where you can get hard-to-find things like pork belly & chicken feet!
Wow....I wish I could watch you cook and learn!!! This sounds amazing!!!
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #11
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Wow....I wish I could watch you cook and learn!!! This sounds amazing!!!
Aw, I wish you could come over! I only cook on Up Days, though.
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