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What Are The Key Asian Ingredients Used In Australia?

Australian cuisine has multicultural influences from all over the world. However, Asian cuisine is most sought after  by the Aussies for it’s authentic taste and flavors. Over the years there have been many innovations with new ingredients and recipes. In recent times, Australian stores and supermarkets sell many Asian ingredients such as fish sauce, hot pepper paste, sweet soy and and a lot more to name. Read here to know what are the key Asian ingredients used in Australia.

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is a staple ingredient in many Asian countries.Fish sauce is the liquid extracted from the fermentation of fish. It is used as a dipping condiment and in the cooking process as well for fish, pork, shrimp and chicken. Despite its pungent smell, it adds a unique savory and salty depth of flavour. In order to preserve this sauce, store it in a cool dry place.

Sweet soy sauce

The sweet soy sauce is one of the most used sauces besides soy sauce and oyster sauce.  It is sweet, thick and has a rich caramel colour that adds an aromatic, sweet flavor to any dish. The sweet soy sauce is used in salads, curries, stir fries and meals.

Oyster sauce

Oyster and soy sauce are are the main ingredients of the oyster sauce.  It tastes mild and is used for cooking vegetables and meats and is very popular in Cantonese dishes. Oyster sauce when added to dishes like stir-fried fish,  chicken,  beef and tofu make for a delicious meal.


Sambal is a sauce made from chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar, lime and a variety of vinegars.  It is served as a condiment or mixed with other ingredients to make a dish. It should be stocked in an air tight container. Here’s a list of 4 sambal delicacies you must try.

Gochujang (hot pepper paste)

This is a sweet, spicy and salty Korean paste. Its key ingredients are red chilli powder, glutinous rice and salt. Gochujang is used to make an array of sauces and when added with meat, vegetables and fish, gives a rich flavour to the dish. It can be preserved by refrigerating it in a tight container. Check out the dishes you can make using Gochujang.

Gochujang - Key Asian Ingredients Used In Australia


Noodles are the most versatile food found in the Asian cuisine. Their sweet, salty and earthy flavors have made them a favourite ingredient of many dishes. Noodles are loved in Japan and Korea., where they are considered more of a snack than a meal. A variety of noodles can be found such as Japchae, Thai drunken noodles, Ramen noodles, and Udon noodles are a few to name.
Japchae - Asian Ingredients Used In Australia


Rice Vermicelli

Rice vermicelli are thin rice noodles, eaten as a part of a salad, soup or dish. They are very common across all Asian cuisines. Rice vermicelli is also known as rice noodles or rice sticks.

Dried anchovies

Dried anchovies are forage fish found in salt-water. They have a strong taste due to their storage process which uses a lot of Korean ingredients for fermentation. The anchovies are used to prepare sauces. Store these in a ziplock or airtight container in a freezer.

Dried anchovies - Key Asian Ingredients In Australia

Chinese five spice

It is a powdered blend of star anise, cloves, pepper, coriander and fennel seeds. It has a tangy, hot and sweet flavour and adds more taste to the marinade for chicken, duck and sea food. Store this mix in an airtight box, away from the light.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is also known as Jinganjang. It is sweet and salty and is used for cooking as well as a condiment and seasoning.. There are two varieties of soy sauce: light soy sauce and a dark soy sauce. The light sauce is used as a dip and the dark sauce is used for cooking and seasoning meat. Keep it at room temperature or in a cool place for it to last longer.

Soy sauce - What Are The Key Asian Ingredients Used In Australia


Lemongrass is a, strong and aromatic herb used to add flavour in Asian soups, curries and stir fries. Lemongrass is also added to tea, making it healthy and rejuvenating. Store this by wrapping it tightly and freezing it.

Thai basil

Thai basil is an intensely aromatic herb used in soups, curries, salads and stir-fries.They are used directly or can be shredded and used as a garnish. Store it in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.


A member of the ginger family, galangal has a rich aromatic, tangy flavour. It is used widely in Thai curries and seafood dishes. You can store it by wrapping it and freezing it in the refrigerator.

Galangal - Asian Ingredients In Australia

Have these key ingredients in your kitchen, and prepare the most delectable dishes that are sure to satisfy your tummy!

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