WHAT IS IT? Fermented black beans are used predominately in Asian cooking. They are made by fermenting black soy beans with salt and sometimes ginger. They are most commonly used in sauces or for steaming meat dishes.
WHAT IS IT? Chinese olive vegetable is a condiment made of olives, preserved mustard vegetables, salt and oil. It contains high amount of umami flavour and is most commonly used in fried rice, stir fries or as a condiment.
WHAT IS IT? Yardlong beans (aka Chinese long beans) are thin, long beans mainly used Asian, Indian and Caribbean cuisines. They are most commonly used in stir fries, curries or eaten raw.
WHAT IS IT? Annatto seeds come from the achiote tree and are primarily used in Latin and Carribean cooking but can occasionally be found in Vietnamese & Filipino cuisines. It’s mainly used as a natural colouring agent to change oils to a bright yellowish red hue and used for stews, rice and noodle soups.
WHAT IS IT? Lemongrass is a stalky grass-like medicinal herb used predominately in Thai, Laotian and Vietnamese cuisines. This herb has a strong lemony and refreshing scent and used for marinating meat, flavouring broths or steeping teas.
WHAT IS IT? Dashi powder is granulated bonito soup stock that can be used to make instant dashi for quick miso soups and to flavour noodle dishes. Essentially the same thing as chicken/beef/veggie boullion but seafood flavour in powder form.
WHAT IS IT? Fermented red bean curd (aka fermented red tofu) is a tofu that has been preserved in salt, rice wine, red yeast rice and spices. Not to be confused with the white fermented tofu which has a slightly milder taste and is used more in sauces and condiments.
WHAT IS IT? A thin nutty flavoured paste made from toasted sesame seeds used in various sauces and desserts in Asian cuisines. Not to be confused with Tahini, which has a completely different flavour.
WHAT IS IT? Korean radish is a variety of radish that is very mild in flavour with a crunchy texture and used in a variety of Korean dishes. Not be confused with it’s cousin the daikon radish which has a stronger, pungent flavour.
WHAT IS IT? Daikon radish is a large root vegetable that is very versatile and commonly used in Asian cuisines and can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. You can use these in broths, unique sauces, salads, stews or as a condiment.