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Old 07-18-2006, 02:43 PM   #1
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Visited My Asian Market!

Had to go to the 'big city' Tacoma yesterday, so made a stop at our favorite Asian Market, where I always end up spending my kids inheritance...

Since you all are all new friends, that means all new ideas!! So, here is what I picked up - what and how would you do with these goodies?

Baby Clams - having Clam Linguine tonite.
Razor clams - usually make a cocktail or fry them up....
Shiro Miso - thinking of making Hot & Sour soup...
Frog Legs - usually fry these up too...

and for just added treats -
Red Bean Buns
some dried black mushrooms & other kinds

Rice Vermicelli
a bottle of Lee Kum Kee's Honey Garlic - have never bot this before, will be fun to play with.

So, here's hoping I hear a whole new set of ideas for my goodies - old friends can offer some ideas also!!

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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cjs, I've never used shiro miso in hot and sour soup. I've used it in miso soup with dashi and seaweed.
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:57 PM   #3
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Clams with black bean sauce comes to mind ...

Just so you know, though, hot and Sour soup does not contain miso. That would make it taste entirely different. The chinese don't use miso much, if at all.

Shiro miso obviously can be used for miso soup, but you'll also need dashi (they sell it dry granulated at the asian market) or seaweed and bonito.

Shiro miso makes a good base for salad dressing and, combined with mirin and sugar, a nice glaze for grilled salmon.
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:19 PM   #4
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Oops!! you're both right - it's the black mushrooms I wanted to use in the hot & sour soup.

had another thot for the razor clams - Clam hash similar to what they serve at Pike Place....oh, so good!
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:26 PM   #5
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It's not Asian, but razor clams are delicious when served ceviche or escabeche style.
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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Off the original subject, but...

I remember many, MANY moons ago when I lived in Southern WA (Clark County-Vancouver suburbs) and we used to go up and west to the coast to go clamming.

My GOSH, I didn't know you could eat razors 24-7! LOL

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Old 07-18-2006, 07:41 PM   #7
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Does the dried mushroom look like shredded black paper? If so, you can make a type of Vietnamese meat out of this (pork, cellophane noodles, dried mushrooms, egg, shrimp). Let me know if you need directions. You can also put it in egg rolls and a couple other Vietnamese dishes I like, though you need specialty stuff for the rest.
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:09 AM   #8
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"(pork, cellophane noodles, dried mushrooms, egg, shrimp" now that sounds like something fun to play with!!

Ideas don't have to be Asian style - I just happened to pick all these goodies up there...

SteveA - I grew up digging Razor Clams at Copalis Beach. Oh we had fun!! But Copalis is just ruined now.
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:07 PM   #9
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Oh, dear. I've always been friends with my Asian market owners. In Daytona it was a Korean couple, as it is in Madison. In Dubuque it is a Vietnamese couple. As I was going through the store, stocking up for a few months, the Vietnamese gentleman looked at Hubby and said, "She knows to buy that (and pointed at the brand of soy sauce I bought) and that (pointed at some of the noodles); you are a lucky man. Hubby just smiled and said, "Yes, I am." I wish people around here liked Asian cuisine more. You know, I think I'll do Vietnamese style roll ups the next dinner party, while I have mint, basil, and cilantro. Maybe no one will like it!
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Old 07-22-2006, 05:50 PM   #10
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Armed with a ni hou (hello in Taiwanese, but understood through most dialects) a xi xi ni (she-she-nee; thank you) and Tsai jian (goodbye) I can and do spend hours and days shopping in Chinatown.

I've visited them across the world. One thing for certain, they're ALL intriguing! And oddly enough (yet perhaps foolishly), I've never felt unsafe.

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