Say ‘jelly’ and you’ll probably think gelatin, right? Well, Asian jellies are a lot more diverse. Curious? Then read on!
Sauces, condiments and seasonings are the flavourful secrets in Asian cuisines, and every culture has its own set of must-have ingredients. This week, we’ll show you exactly what you need to become a pro-chef of authentic Asian food in your own kitchen. To start, let’s dive into one of the oldest traditions in the world: Chinese cooking.
From the royal kitchens to the various subculture communities, Chinese culinary has evolved and spread its influence across Asia, with unique flavours in a kaleidoscope of dishes. But no matter your skill level, you too, can cook delicious Chinese dishes (including the recipes on this site) with just 10 ingredients easily available at any Asian grocery.
Share with us in the comments if you have a favourite Chinese sauce or seasoning we missed. Check in this Wednesday for Part 2 of this special feature!
Light Soy Sauce
Dark Soy Sauce
Josh Cohen, Test Kitchen Director of Youtube channel Food52, says “when a taste of food lingers in your mouth and has a deep satisfying feel, that’s umami.” A complex, elemental flavour from the amino acid and glutamate in your food. Oyster Sauce is the key to this “5th taste” in Chinese cooking. Add this ‘magic’ sauce to almost any dish instantly makes it yummier. Also a great marinade sauce for roast chicken and char siu. Lee Kum Kee’s oyster sauce is the undisputed favourite brand. For vegetarian dishes, get the one made from mushroom extract, sugar, salt and glucose syrup.