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? Nem Chua / Som Moo is a fermented pork sausage primarily made of raw pork and shredded pig skin that can be eaten as is or added to fried rice dishes, salads or rice rolls!
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? Chinese sesame paste is 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.