WHAT IS IT? Chinese sausages are cured and often made of pork but can be made of chicken or an assortment of livers. They are mildly sweet, and have an aromatic flavour of rice wine and used very commonly in Chinese cuisines.
WHAT IS IT? Chow mein are yellow noodles made of wheat flour and eggs. Chow mein literally translates to ‘Fried Noodles’ in Chinese. These are generally used in stir fried chow mein dishes and served slightly crispy but can be used to make a saucy lo mein as well
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? Udon noodles originate from Japan and are noodles made from wheat flour. They are most prized for it’s thickness & chewy texture and most commonly used in Japanese stir fried dishes and noodle broths.
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.