Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I used shallots for the first time last night in a chicken marinade. They really make a nice mild addition to a marinate and are not as overpowering as adding onion. The best way I can describe it is that it is a mild onion flavor with additional sweetness that you can't get in an onion. It is stronger than green onion, though. I will be doing some other recipes this month with them. I got a nice size brown bag from Meijer that didn't cost too much. And if the chicken last night was any indication I will continue to include them on my grocery list!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
- I prefer to use this to make Malaysian curries, as the spice combo is unique to Malaysian curries.
- It might be available in Asian grocery stores (I only came across this because the owner of that particular Asian grocery store is Malaysian)
- Otherwise, we usually get them from people coming to the United States from Malaysia
Sunday, December 28, 2008
- Can be found in the frozen section of the Asian grocery store
- Don't have to thaw before using
- Just pluck one or a few blades off and wash
- Sometimes it's used to flavor a dish with its 'green' aroma, and to do so, it's usually knotted and tossed in the cooking dish
- Other times, a few blades may be made into Pandan juice by blending them with water to produce a light green 'juice' that might be used to make sweet desserts
- Agar agar is a form of seaweed
- Boiled and cooked, then cooled, it turns into wobbly jelly
Palm sugar has a different taste and texture from granulated sugar.
- It can be found at the Asian grocery store, most probably in the Indonesian section
- To use, it can be shaved or cut into chunks with a sharp knife
- It should be somewhat soft, not hard like a rock