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Monthly Archives: September 2008

  • Favorite Asian Foods No. 7: Shrimp Chips

    shrimp chips bag.jpgIt isn't easy to pick 10 favorites out of all the Japanese snacks out there. Walking down the Asian food store aisle, it seems like every colorful package is crying out, "pick me, pick me." No offense to all the other Japanese snacks, but shrimp chips (sometimes called prawn crackers) take number seven in our favorite Asian foods countdown. Crunchy, cute, and super addictive, shrimp chips are the triple threat of Japanese snacks.

    Made from deep-fried flattened out prawns, these Japanese snacks can be found in Asian food stores across the U.S. Most Asian food stores carry pre-cooked shrimp chips (similar to potato chips) and translucent disk-shaped shrimp chips that must be deep fried before serving. If you are new to shrimp chips and would rather not dirty your frying pan, start with pre-cooked. Expect a subtle shrimp flavor and light, crispy texture.

    When you buy shrimp chips, keep them crunchy. Don't let them sit in a partially opened bag or they'll quickly turn stale. Put some in a bowl and close the bag with a shrimp chip-clip (cute) or eat them all at once. Be warned, shrimp chips are super addictive and you can go through a whole bag in one sitting. Especially when watching "Iron Chef."

    What chip would be complete without a dipping partner? Dip them in hot sauce, try them in cheese, or flavor them with Japanese seasonings. These hot and spicy shrimp chips make a flavorful stand-alone snack. Here's a little known secret about shrimp chips -- you can crunch them up and use them as breading for fried chicken. Pack your shrimp chips, shrimp-fried chicken, Ramune soda, and disposable chopsticks in a basket and head out on a Japanese-inspired picnic.

    To find shrimp chips and other Japanese snacks, shop Asian Food Grocer. And check back soon for our number six in our favorite Asian Foods countdown.

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  • Crazy Sushi Creations

    Sushi makes everyone smile. It's no surprise that those colorful California rolls appear in places other than the dinner plate. But sometimes sushi looks too good to eat. We went on a sushi safari (ok, so we were surfing the internet) to explore the most innovative sushi creations. Get your chopsticks ready and dig in to this feast for the eyes!

    Thumbnail image for sushi and chopsticks.jpgWe found this sushi lego creation at Absolutely adorable and worth the hours of work. We hope those little Lego people enjoy their sashimi. But how do they use disposable chopsticks with those tiny, fingerless hands?

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    Why eat sushi when you can wear it around? We found this jewelry set at at Bag Maki rolls: the newest fashion accessory since tiny dogs. Spread the word.

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    These sushi rolls are too cute! But who wants to eat something that darling? Look at those pleading Panda eyes and those puffy Panda cheeks. Can't eat...too cute....must resist.

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    We found this sushi gem at By law, everyone should get rid of those unsightly black tire covers and roll with this. Warning: this is not an actual sushi roll. Please refrain from chasing the car or you might get run over.

    586220_sushi_flower.jpgWould a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Not if it's made of sushi. But this sashimi rose is truly a sight for sore eyes.


    And finally, tasty sushi candy brought to you by Glue Gun Crafts. Doesn't it look like real sushi? Yummy. You can learn how to make sushi for yourself here. What a tasty treat for holiday parties!

    Hungry yet? If you're salivating for sushi, (sorry, couldn't resist) check out our sushi supplies. And please send us a photograph of your own sushi art. We'll post it in the next round of sushi creations.


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  • Weight Loss Series: Make a Mean Miso Soup and Shed Pounds

    Thumbnail image for miso.jpgAs the third installment of our weight loss series, we're focusing on miso soup. If you frequent Japanese restaurants, you'll instantly recognize the distinct miso flavor. But we have a recipe that rivals the best restaurants in town! Make this miso soup recipe and let us know what you think.

    Learn to make a mean miso soup and you're well on your way to a skinnier, healthier you. Stock up on miso soup and paste or get miso soup and our other weight loss foods in this healthy bundle pack. Pssst -- there's a little known secret about miso. Miso makes a delicious dressing and marinade, so if you get sick of soup, try miso paste in other Asian dishes.

    * about 30 half-inch cubes of Tofu
    * 4 mushrooms, sliced
    * 2 stalks green onions, chopped
    * 4 cups water
    * 2 teaspoons Dashi
    * 3-4 tablespoons miso (adjust to taste)


    Boil 4 cups of water and dashi. Add tofu and mushrooms, simmer
    gently about 3 minutes. Add miso and dissolve completely. Immediately
    turn off the heat and add chopped green onions, then serve

    Who knew soup could be so simple? Find more delicious Asian food recipes and get on the road to a healthier (happier) you.

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  • Weight Loss Series, Part Two: How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles

    As the part two in our weight loss series, we're supplying recipes for the six foods mentioned in the article, starting with Shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are... Continue Reading

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