Monthly Archives: September 2008
It 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.Continue Reading
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!Continue Reading
We found this sushi lego creation at Anime.com. 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?
Why eat sushi when you can wear it around? We found this jewelry set at at Bag Lady.com. Maki rolls: the newest fashion accessory since tiny dogs. Spread the word.
We found this sushi gem at Adrants.com. 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.
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.
As 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.
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.Continue Reading