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Old 01-18-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
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Buying Asian sauces/spices/ingredients tips ?

I thought that I would ask if there are some tips for Asian ingredient ?
Recently I bought Coconut Milk and when I got home I read it has some Guar Gum in it, so reading a bit I found few pointers to buy Coconut Milk from Arroy-D and others that has only pure coconut milk without any emulsifiers and preservatives.

Now when I get into my Asian supermarket there are hundreds of sauces, oils, ingredients.
I'm curious if you have some tips on what to look out for when buying things like soy, sesame, oyster, etc sauces ?

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Old 01-18-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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When I buy oriental sauces, marinades, etc., I find that the most important ingredientt for me is sodium content. Many of these are extremely high.

I like to use a teriyake marinade, Veri Veri Teriyaki, but it is so very high in sodium, that I add pineapple juice to thin it down. I like this one, because it tastes exactly as the one I make from scratch, but which is often difficult to recreate exactly.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:39 PM   #3
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You're starting at the wrong end of the process. Find a recipe for a dish that sounds good and buy the ingredients to make it.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:59 AM   #4
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You're starting at the wrong end of the process. Find a recipe for a dish that sounds good and buy the ingredients to make it.
+1. I have several ingredients acquired by doing this.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:11 AM   #5
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You're starting at the wrong end of the process. Find a recipe for a dish that sounds good and buy the ingredients to make it.
But the OP wrote "ingredients".

I find many Chinese recipes have ingredients like oyster sauce, black bean sauce, soy sauce,...

I have no idea what to look for in in oyster sauce. I just look at the list of ingredients and choose the one with no MSG, and no, or the fewest, weird chemicals. There might be other tips.

I used to find coconut milk in cans that was just coconut milk. I noticed that recently lots of brands have started adding guar gum.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:18 AM   #6
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It can get pretty confusing. I don't pay much attention to ingredients. I just limit the use of these pre made sauces and try and make my own. I know recipe dish is going to be too harmful. There are probably a lot worse things we can do.
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I know recipe dish is going to be too harmful.
Say what?
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:41 AM   #8
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Well I have pretty much all the staple sauces for Asian cooking already in my home, I love to try to cook everything, from Italian to Asian, and I'm Polish :)
But the more I need certain ingredients for what I'm cooking the more I find out that given sauce, milk, etc is the wrong variation of it.
That's why I though I would ask, the more someone writes here, the less I have to research each and every ingredient.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:46 AM   #9
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Say what?
Maybe those ingredients I am consuming cause brain farts? I ended up deleting parts of it and didn't proof read before pressing send. I think I meant to say " I don't think a tablespoon of these ingredients in a dish is going to be too harmful"
Your guess is as good as mine
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:50 AM   #10
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This thread gave a lot of good info:

Asian Market Faves?
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