All About Asian Food

February 2009 Archives

sapporo-beef-noodle-soup-lg.jpgTimes are tough. Not a day goes by without a doomsday report. When the news is on it's tempting to put your hands over your ears and sing "la la la....I can't hear you." If the state of the economy scares you, forgo your fancy ingredients for cheap Asian groceries.

During the Depression, families survived on powdered milk, ketchup tomato soup, and (if they were lucky) stale bread. With our recession recipes, you don't have to resort to such extremes. Stock up on Asian noodles, rice, and other cheap but delicious ingredients. You could feed a large family on these tasty and wallet-friendly staples.

Every week, we'll show you the best budget Asian recipes. Feed the whole family on a delectable rice or noodle dish that only takes minutes to make. We found this genius Asian recipe for beef ramen tacos at the official Ramen homepage.

Ramen Noodle Tacos 

    • Beef Ramen (or chicken ramen if you prefer)
    • taco seasoning
    • 3 taco shells per pack of ramen
    • 1 teaspoon butter per pack of ramen

Warm taco shells according to box directions. Cook ramen to preferred softness and drain. Stir in 1 teaspoon of butter per pack of ramen into the warm noodles. Use 1/2 the amount of ramen flavoring you usually like, and then add that same amount of taco seasoning. Heap ramen into warm tacos and enjoy with lettuce and tomatos added to the top.

Who knew you could make ramen tacos? Comment below with your ideas for cheap eats  and you could earn a coveted spot in our recession recipe of the week. For fun, take the poll below and let us know which Asian noodles are your favorite- from shirataki noodles to udon noodles, Asian Food Grocer carries them all. 

lotte cool mint gum.jpgIf chewing gum is not included among your favorite snacks or has never interested your taste buds, Japan's Lotte gum may have the flavors and variety to change your mind.

Lotte chewing gum has been providing Japanese and Korean 'chewers' with a broader - and more unusual array - of gum varieties for over fifty years. Aside from providing those offerings we all know well such as Coolmint, Wintergreen, and Citrus, Lotte gum also comes in Blueberry, Green Tea and Melon.

Looking for more out of your chewing gum?  Check out Lotte's Black Black gum.  This intense flavored mint gum comes packed with ginseng, oolong tea extract, b3 vitamins and an added boost of caffeine.  For the adventurous gum enthusiast, check out Lotte's Lycee flavored product.

Lotte gums have a unique texture and intensity.  What a great alternative to the minty (ho hum) Western chewing experiences we're familiar with! Lotte's gum is also made with all natural products. What flavors of Lotte chewing gum have you tried? Answer our poll below!

Shop for Japanese candy and more available at Asian Food Grocer.

If you're a guy looking for Valentine's Day gifts, stop right now. In Japan, it's custom for women to buy men Valentine's gifts and chocolate! The men return the favor on White Day (March 14). Both holidays are just around the corner, so get your roses ready and cook up super romantic sushi and more with our Valentine's Day guide.

Flowers and chocolate? So cliche! Pamper your sweetie with heart-shaped sushi rolls, origami Valentines, and Japanese candy. Romantic sushi for two and no reservations necessary!


Love is like a Red, Red Sashimi Rose

Present your loved one with a bouquet of the freshest flowers: Sashimi roses made from salmon or tuna! Sprinkle salmon eggs in the center and lay the roses on a platter with tiny radish buds. A nutritious, delicious bouquet of love! If you aren't schooled in the art of making sushi roses (few are) sign-up for a sushi-making classes for two. Or give your Valentine a sushi maker and cookbook along with flower kiss candy.

Heart-Melting Sushi

valentine_4.thumbnail.jpgWhile the sashimi rose is for skilled sushi handlers, even novices can make heart-shaped sushi. You'll need a heart-shaped sushi mold or sushi kit. Place nori sheets into the mold. Add vinegared rice. Use a rice spatula to create a groove in the middle of the rice and carefully place your favorite ingredients inside (think pink!). Voila! Heart-shaped sushi for your Valentine. For a simpler version of heart-shaped sushi, arrange round sushi rolls into a giant heart on a platter. Use chopsticks and pierce the heart with an arrow. (Picture from Sushi or Death's Valentine's special).

Pink Pocky Cupcakes, Japanese Candy, and Origami Valentineslips candy.jpg

Now that you finished the darling dinner, paint the town pink with Japanese candy and origami Valentines. Stick strawberry dessert Pocky into pink Valentine's Day cupcakes. Make a rose out of red origami paper for an Asian twist on regular Valentines. And nothing says Be Mine quite like adorable Hello Kitty snacks. Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or White Day, holiday planning doesn't have to be hard. Shop Asian Food Grocer for everything you'll need to create a fabulously festive feast! Then take our poll and tell us what you consider the most romantic, Asian-inspired Valentine's gift.