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For all its popularity, Asian cooking isn't the easiest to prepare at a whim or a fancy at home as it does need a lot of planning. From gathering the right ingredients to getting the produce and proportions right, cooking an Asian meal is as much of a challenge as it is rewarding.

But how would one find authentic Asian ingredients? Though mainstream supermarkets are flooded with Asian products shopping at an authentic Asian Grocery store can grant you access to more, and sometimes obscure - kinds of ingredients. Here are 10 reasons why you should shop at an Asian Grocery store:

1. Variety is the spice of life:

Local Asian grocery stores have a wide variety of brands and flavours. For example, you may find the same sauce or noodle in a bigger supermarket, however, at a local Asian grocery store, you will find different varieties of the same sauce from a wide range of brands, some of which are only found in Asia.

2. All basic Ingredients under one roof:

You will find all basic ingredients for your Asian cooking needs like Chinese preserved vegetables, Korean chilli paste, Indian curries, southeast Asian spices, Japanese miso paste, fish sauce,  different kinds of noodles, nori seaweed sheets to roll your sushi in, etc. under one roof! You don’t even have to run from one shop to another. Name it and they are likely to have it!

3. Good things come in different sizes:

You will find packs of sauces, pastes and condiments in different sizes, whether you want it for a huge party or a small gathering or just for your family, you can buy them in whatever proportion you want and store them easily.

Top 10 Reasons to Shop in an Asian Grocery Store

Image: Connie Ma used under the Creative Commons 

4. Ingredients for an Intense Flavour:

Most supermarkets are aimed at selling quick and easy meal kits, while the Asian grocery store offers a vast variety of ingredients that go into the meal kits, that allows you to control the intensity of the flavours when you cook, which is definitely an advantage for experienced cooks.

 5. Feel free to experiment:

Because of the wide variety of ingredients available, you will be spoilt for choice. You can delve deeper into knowing more about the nuances of Asian food by cooking these ingredients on a trial and error basis (after all, that’s how one becomes experienced).

 6. Special ingredients on demand:

If you want an exotic ingredient from a particular locality, the local grocers would help you get them on demand. Let’s say you need a special ingredient to make a Thai dessert and you don’t find that ingredient anywhere else, the local grocers would be able to help you source one from that particular country or locality if it complies with Australian import laws.

5. You would find special Asian Treats:

There are plenty of treats that are only found in Asia, such as durians, mochi, dried sweeten anchovies, flavoured peas, and many more. Chances are you are bound to find at a local Asian grocery store. Pick one up as a gift to a friend or a treat for yourself.

Shop in an Asian Grocery Store

Image: Connie Ma used under the Creative Commons

8. Great offers during festive season: Looking for a deal on ingredients? Head to your nearest Asian store during festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Moon festival as it will have special offers and discounts on products. 9. Asian Utensils Walk into any Asian store and you’ll be tempted to buy any quaint little Asian utensils, cutlery and porcelain ware. Chopsticks, spiderweb strainers, mortar and pestles, tea strainers of all shapes and sizes, Tiffin boxes, little bowls, those cute ceramic spoons. Don’t miss the various woks and pans! 10. Take home frozen versions of your favourite meals

All said and done, if you want to defer your Asian meal cooking plan, just take home your favourite frozen food from the Asian grocery stores that sell some delicacies like springs rolls, soups, sushi, fish cakes, barbequed pork ribs, etc, thaw them and eat it to your heart’s content.

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Top 10 Reasons to Shop at an Asian Grocery Store

For all its popularity, Asian cooking isn’t the easiest to prepare at a whim or a fancy at home as it does need a lot of planning. From gathering the right ingredients to getting the produce and proportions right, cooking an Asian meal is as much of a challenge as it is rewarding.

But how would one find authentic Asian ingredients? Though mainstream supermarkets are flooded with Asian products shopping at an authentic Asian Grocery store can grant you access to more, and sometimes obscure – kinds of ingredients.

Here are 10 reasons why you should shop at an Asian Grocery store:

1. Variety is the spice of life:

Local Asian grocery stores have a wide variety of brands and flavours. For example, you may find the same sauce or noodle in a bigger supermarket, however, at a local Asian grocery store, you will find different varieties of the same sauce from a wide range of brands, some of which are only found in Asia.

2. All basic Ingredients under one roof:

You will find all basic ingredients for your Asian cooking needs like Chinese preserved vegetables, Korean chilli paste, Indian curries, southeast Asian spices, Japanese miso paste, fish sauce,  different kinds of noodles, nori seaweed sheets to roll your sushi in, etc. under one roof! You don’t even have to run from one shop to another. Name it and they are likely to have it!

3. Good things come in different sizes:

You will find packs of sauces, pastes and condiments in different sizes, whether you want it for a huge party or a small gathering or just for your family, you can buy them in whatever proportion you want and store them easily.

Top 10 Reasons to Shop in an Asian Grocery Store

Image: Connie Ma used under the Creative Commons 

4. Ingredients for an Intense Flavour:

Most supermarkets are aimed at selling quick and easy meal kits, while the Asian grocery store offers a vast variety of ingredients that go into the meal kits, that allows you to control the intensity of the flavours when you cook, which is definitely an advantage for experienced cooks.

 5. Feel free to experiment:

Because of the wide variety of ingredients available, you will be spoilt for choice. You can delve deeper into knowing more about the nuances of Asian food by cooking these ingredients on a trial and error basis (after all, that’s how one becomes experienced).

 6. Special ingredients on demand:

If you want an exotic ingredient from a particular locality, the local grocers would help you get them on demand. Let’s say you need a special ingredient to make a Thai dessert and you don’t find that ingredient anywhere else, the local grocers would be able to help you source one from that particular country or locality if it complies with Australian import laws.

5. You would find special Asian Treats:

There are plenty of treats that are only found in Asia, such as durians, mochi, dried sweeten anchovies, flavoured peas, and many more. Chances are you are bound to find at a local Asian grocery store. Pick one up as a gift to a friend or a treat for yourself.

Shop in an Asian Grocery Store

Image: Connie Ma used under the Creative Commons

8. Great offers during festive season:

Looking for a deal on ingredients? Head to your nearest Asian store during festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Moon festival as it will have special offers and discounts on products.

9. Asian Utensils

Walk into any Asian store and you’ll be tempted to buy any quaint little Asian utensils, cutlery and porcelain ware. Chopsticks, spiderweb strainers, mortar and pestles, tea strainers of all shapes and sizes, Tiffin boxes, little bowls, those cute ceramic spoons. Don’t miss the various woks and pans!

10. Take home frozen versions of your favourite meals

All said and done, if you want to defer your Asian meal cooking plan, just take home your favourite frozen food from the Asian grocery stores that sell some delicacies like springs rolls, soups, sushi, fish cakes, barbequed pork ribs, etc, thaw them and eat it to your heart’s content.

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