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

Soy Vay Hoisin Garlic Asian Glaze

We love soy vay in this house, we use about a bottle of it a month. It goes great on stir fries. I marinate chicken and salmon in it and grill.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Green Onions

Green onions

Star Anise

Star Anise (Bunga Lawang)

Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds (Jintan manis)

  • it releases its flavor when pounded or crushed
  • common in Indian cuisine

Adabi Beef and Chicken Curry Powder

Malaysian Adabi Chicken and Beef Curry Powder

  • 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