Being a pro home cook begins with having the right ingredients, utensils and recipes. As part of our Masterclass Series, we’ve trawled the supermarket shelves for 10 Asian pastes and sauces that are essential in your pantry, along with recipe suggestions on how to use them.
We love the sweet, nutty, savoury notes of miso (Japanese soybean paste) in everything from a classic miso soup to a hearty miso ramen recipe. Try these five recipes using miso paste, or find creative ways to use miso here.
For a family-friendly dinner, take a jar of good-quality satay sauce and whip up these Malaysian satay beef skewers. The paste doubles as a marinade and dipping sauce.
Korean food is one of the hottest cuisines at the moment, gochujang making (hot Korean chilli paste) an essential ingredient in your pantry. Use its fiery heat in this tteokbokki rice cake recipe, or discover the top five dishes using gochujang this winter.
You’d be hard pressed to find an Australian pantry that didn’t contain a bottle of soy sauce. Learn more about the different types of soy sauce here, or add its ‘umami’ (savoury) characters to this wintry braise of beef with soy and star anise.
Another Chinese essential, oyster sauce is like soy sauce’s thicker, sweeter cousin. Simply drizzle it over steamed Asian greens for a healthy side dish, or use it to season stir-fries like this beef and Chinese broccoli with rice noodles.
For a bigger flavour hit, reach for a jar of black bean sauce. This salty, pungent paste has been a fixture on local Chinese menus for decades in retro classics such as this black bean chicken recipe.
Australian cooks have a whole rainbow of curry pastes at their disposal, from the red, yellow and green curries of Thailand to the aromatic curries of Malaysia, mild curries in Japan and sweet curries of Indonesia. Keep your pantry stocked with an array of flavours for quick and delicious dinners.
Keep a tube of wasabi paste on hand to add instant heat and authentic flavour to a range of Japanese dishes, such as this salmon steak with wasabi sauce. Or, discover inspiring new ways to cook with wasabi here.
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