It’s Friday, and I can hardly sit still because I’m so excited to share a new video with you today!
You may remember me talking a bit about my adventures in video-land and how incredibly nervous I get in front of the camera. We shot this in the morning, so I couldn’t even have some wine before hand to loosen me up. I mean, I guess I could have, but something about drinking wine in the morning would make me feel like I have a problem.
Dang! I just realized I totally could have had a mimosa and it wouldn’t have been weird. Hindsight, am I right?
Alright, so the last video I shared was footage of me preparing one of my favorite recipes, Italian Strata. Today’s video is totally different, in that I’m not actually cooking so much as I am shopping for ingredients.
A Little Background
When I first started getting into cooking Asian cuisine, I was completely terrified of going to an Asian import market to purchase ingredients. I don’t know why, but something about it just seemed really overwhelming. I imagined myself going in and having no idea what to do, or where to go, or what to buy, and that people would point and laugh at me.
After we got back from Thailand, I figured that after the culture shock of Bangkok, I had nothing to fear in going to the Asian supermarket by my house.
All of the import markets I’ve visited have been remarkably similar. Here’s a low-down on the general layout:
- There are a variety of sections throughout the store dedicated to different food categories, such as produce, canned goods, and meat.
- Within each of these sections, there are numbered aisles to identify ingredient categories for ease of access.
- When you enter the store, you pick up a basket or cart. As you navigate the store, any item you wish to purchase simply rests in your cart until check out time.
- When you have finished shopping, you head to the front of the store to locate the check out register. The attendant will tally up the cost of your items and ask for payment. Your items then go into a bag which is handed to you. Take your items, walk out the store, and return to your vehicle.
….yeah. Shockingly, it’s pretty much exactly like any other grocery store.
Here’s my point: Don’t be intimidated by popping into an import market for some specialty ingredients. It’s okay to ask an attendant for some help while you are there!
You don’t need to keep passing up on awesome recipes just because you didn’t know where to get fish sauce, sweet soy sauce, or lime leaves. Now you do know where to get those ingredients, so you no longer have an excuse not to make awesome Asian food.
You must now go and immediately make the following recipes:
- Thai Chicken with Cashews
- Vietnamese Pan-Seared Strip Steak
- Thai Mango Chicken Stir Fry
- Indonesian Chicken Curry
- Thai Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
- Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl (“Bun”)
- Thai Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp
Alright, enough of me rambling on and insisting that you make more Asian food. Ready to see the video? Here it is!![NOTE: It should automatically play in high definition, but if it looks blurry to you just click on the settings icon (the little wheel/cog on the bottom right of the video box) and set the resolution to 1080HD!]