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Yummy Asian recipes to try at home and my go-to grocery mart for ingredients

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All the festivities has probably gotten you craving for authentic Asian cuisine. Sure, going out to restaurants to get your craving fix would be great years ago, but during these times, it would be cook your favourite meals at home. 

I recently discovered McAsia Mart, who not only offer authentic Asian ingredients retail in-store, but they’re also conveinently available on-line. Today on the blog, I’ll share with you some of the products available plus a couple of delicious Asian recipes you can replicate at home! 

 

Yummy Asian recipes to try at home and my go-to grocery mart for ingredients

Pancit Bihon

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Canola oil
  • 3 tbsp. Garlic, chopped 
  • ¼ cup Onion, chopped
  • 2 pcs. Chinese sausage, sliced
  • ½ cup Pork belly, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup, shrimps, peeled and deveined 
  • 3Tbsp. Light soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Mushroom soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. Oyster sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. Chicken powder
  • To taste black pepper
  • 1 ½ cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 ½ cups snow peas
  • 1 pack rice vermicelli, soaked for 20 minutes in tap water
  • 1-2 cups water or chicken/pork broth
  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 tbsp. Kinchay, chopped
  • Calamansi

Products in McAsia Mart:

  • TRADITIONAL RICE VERMICELLI 400G – PARROT
  • JADE BRIDGE Mushroom Soy sauce 500 ML
  • JADE BRIDGE Light Soy sauce 500 ML
  • CHICKEN POWDER SEASONING 800G – KNORR AROI SURE
  • THAI DANCER OYSTER SAUCE

Procedure:

  1. In a wok over medium heat, sauté garlic and onions until fragrant. 
  2. Add Chinese sausage, pork, shrimps and all seasoning and continue to sauté until shrimps are cooked. Take out shrimp and set aside.
  3. Add the carrots, snow peas and rice vermicelli. Add 1 cup broth (add more as necessary) and bring to a boil until noodles are half done. 
  4. Stir in cabbage and kinchay.

Chinese Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

For the pork

250g ground pork

To taste salt

½ tsp sesame oil

1 tsp Shaoxing wine

½ tsp cornstarch

¼ tsp white pepper

For the vegetables

2 tablespoons oil

1 clove garlic, chopped

10 dried shiitake mushrooms (soaked until softened and thinly sliced)

1 cup carrots, julienned

1 cup bamboo shoots, julienned

1 small baguio pechay shredded

1 tbsp. Shaoxing wine

2 tbsp. light soy sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil

to taste salt (or)

to taste white pepper 

1/4 tsp. sugar

2 tbsp cornstarch (dissolved in 2 tbsp. water)

To assemble and fry

1 pack small square spring roll wrappers  

Canola oil , for frying

spring roll sauce for dipping

Products in McAsia Mart:

SHAOXING WINE 600ML

King chef Canola

JADE BRIDGE Light Soy sauce 500 ML

SPRING ROLLS CHILI SAUCE SWEET FLAVOR 300ML – THAI DANCER

Procedure:

  1. For the pork: mix all ingredients together until well combined. set aside.
  2. In wok over medium heat, saute pork until  half cooked.
  3. add the garlic, and continue sauteeing until fragrant. add the rest of the vegetables and seasoning. 
  4. Thicken with cornstarch slurry. Set aside to cool.
  5. to assemble: place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center of spring roll wrappers.
  6. fold-in both sides, roll and seal ends. repeat process for the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Deep fry until golden and drain off excess oil over paper towels.
  8. Serve with dip on the side

If you’re curious what products you’ll find in McAsia Mart, and what they’re for, especially if you’re like me who’s still learning about cooking. Here’s a list including their description. I read these are the common ingredients used to cook dishes for the Chinese New Year 🙂

McAsia Mart celebrates Chinese New Year with the following products:

 

PRODUCT NAME

DESCRIPTION

PARROT Traditional Rice Vermicelli 400G

Twirl to perfection with PARROT’s Traditional Rice Vermicelli! It is a traditional Malaysian rice vermicelli noodles used for stir- fried, and noodle soup dishes that enhances flavor and experience Asian!
For better use, it is best soaked in tap water for at least 20 minutes before using.
This is called “bun” in Vietnam.

JADE BRIDGE Mushroom Soy sauce 500 ML

This is a special kind of soy sauce with the extract of mushroom. Natural fermented directly with strong sauce and preserved beans flavor. This gives a delicious aroma to cooked dishes.

JADE BRIDGE Light Soy Sauce 500 ML

Jade bridge Light Soy Sauce is reddish-brown soy sauce naturally brewed with Non-GMO soy bean and wheat flour. Light soy sauce has been the most essential condiments in both Asian and Western cuisines.

KNORR AROI SURE Chicken Powder Seasoning 800G

 Knorr Aroy sure All-In-One Seasoning chicken Flavoured – so aromatic and delicious that you need to ask for more! blended with spices and flavours to give you that full-bodied meaty taste and pochickenrk aroma. Blended with aromatic spices. Well-rounded touchs to all applications. For carefully balanced flavours and aromas, try Knorr chicken flavoured seasoning. Ideal for adding to stews, stir-fries, soups, bakes and marinades.

THAI DANCER Oyster Sauce 200 ML

Oyster sauce is made from oyster extracts, sugar, salt and water thickened with corn starch. It’s sweet, salty and rich in umami; that’s why the main purpose of oyster sauce would be to add salty flavors to various types of dishes. It is also used in salad dressing, noodles, stews and soups.

KING CHEF Canola Oil 1L

Canola oil is a vegetable oil derived from a variety of rapeseed that is low in erucic acid. Is a safe and healthy form of fat that will reduce blood LDL cholesterol levels and heart disease risk compared to carbohydrates or saturated fats such as found in beef tallow or butter.

THAI DANCER Sweet & Sour Sauce 300ML 

One of the most well-known of all Chinese sauces, with the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors in the traditional Thai style. It is especially good with pork, shrimp and fish .

SHAOXING Wine 600ML

Cooking Wine Shao Xing Jia Fan Wine 600ml

Shaoxing wine is one of the most famous varieties of Huangjiu, or traditional Chinese wines, fermented from rice. It adds an unmistakable flavor and fragrance to dishes and an essential in ingredient in Chinese cooking Every Chinese restaurant uses cooking wine in almost every savory dish. It is used to make stir fry sauces, soup broths, marinades, wontons, etc.



Authentic Chinese Cooking Wine, fermented from rice. It originates from the region of Shaoxing, in the Zhejiang province of eastern China.

KING CHEF Whole Mushroom

Whole mushroom is the style of canned mushrooms that consists of the caps with attached stems which are more than 1/8 inch in length when measured from the underside of the cap to the cut end of the stem. Mushrooms are a fantastic ingredient, whether simply stir-fried or in soups.

THAI DANCER Spring Rolls Chili Sauce Sweet Flavor 300 ML 

The sweetened version of Spring Rolls Chili Sauce for a more fragrant, almost smoky rich sugary chile f lavor that goes perfectly with spring rolls.

UM-MAMI Gyoza Spicy 15pcs

Gyoza is a Japanese pan-fried dumpling, filled with meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thin dough. Enjoy this Um-Mami Japanese Pork Dumplings (Gyoza) through pan-frying and steaming. Perfectly-combined with ready-to-use sauce, available in 65ml. Cooking instructions are also provided.

UM-MAMI Japanese Gyoza Original 15Pcs 285 G

ERAWAN Glutinous Rice Flour 500 G

Glutinous Rice Flour is ground from long-grain or short-grain sweet white rice and is also called sweet rice flour or sweet rice powder. Sweet rice grains are typically solid white. Dough made from glutinous rice flour becomes sticky in texture when heated. Because of its chewy texture, glutinous rice flour is a favorite base for dumplings, buns and pastries. Although called glutinous flour, it is actually gluten free.

MALI Condensed Milk Sweetened 380G

This is a sweetened condensed milk. Can be mixed with beverages such as tea, coffee, shaved ice, other desserts, etc., or to cook various kinds of food such as bakery, desserts, roti, toast, etc. to enhance the sweet and delicious flavor.

KATAGI Sesame Seed White 1 KG 

These are white sesame seeds that will add a savoury nutty flavor to any meal. Sprinkle it on top of your rice, salads, sushi or add it on your desserts like ice cream, yogurt or bread and pasties.

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Rowena Callo Villareno February 1, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Yay love this po thank you for sharing the recipe and ingredients momsh must try po lalo na yung sa pancit bihon all time favorite ko pa naman yan

  • Reply Owen Ponce February 1, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    We need to give it a try! Looks good and delicious,it could be that tastylicious and perfect choice for the whole family

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