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Monthly Archives: March 2009

  • Pocky Rant: Posers, Snobs, and Other Pocky Problems

    We've had a lot of good times together: Late nights watching Conan O'Brien, picnics in the park, sneaking you into the theater in my pocket. You were there for me during my worst snack attacks. When I found you, so calm and collected in the middle of an bustling Asian grocer, I picked you up and carried you home. Continue Reading
  • Back to Black Black: A Nostalgic Buzz

    If you're like the rest of us, it's been a while since your investments were in the black. Those red earnings figures plaguing your monthly accounts may even be worsening those somnolent afternoons. Packed full of caffeine and other stimulating Chinese extracts, Lotte Black Black gum could be just the solution to such a problem. Continue Reading
  • Shirataki Noodles: Health Benefits and Cooking Tips

    The Skinny on Shirataki Noodles

    Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for shirataki noodles 3.jpgAre you a pasta lover struggling to find a low carb alternative? Shirataki noodles may be the answer. These Asian noodles come in three varieties: white, brown and tofu.  Since the white shirataki noodles
    are made from the konjac plant, a subtropical plant, these
    noodles provide a high-fiber, low carb replacement to the
    gluten and carb-heavy spaghetti products we know well in the US.  For
    those looking to increase their daily fiber intake, look no further
    then the brown shirataki noodle. This shirataki comes packed with added calcium and iron for the health-conscious noodle lover.  Finally, tofu shirataki noodles
    contain high concentrations of protein by blending the konjac root with
    the nutritious soy bean curb of tofu.  This noodle works
    great in sukiyaki dishes or vegetable stir fries.

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    Cooking shirataki noodles
    is easy as long as you follow a few initial steps.  Before you do
    anything else, be sure you've rinsed the noodles thoroughly.  When the
    noodles are clean, parboil
    (or partially boil) the noodles in boiling water for two to three
    minutes - or until the noodles have softened to suit your tastes.
     Simply add your favorite sauce or include the noodles with a sukiyaki
    or vegetable stir fry of your choice, and enjoy!  Keep in mind that shirataki noodles
    can be long, so depending on how you're planning to prepare
    them, you may want to cut them to more appropriate lengths.

    Shirataki's health benefits are obvious.  All of these asian noodle
    types are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and the closest low carb
    alternative to the wheat noodle available.  If you've been holding off
    that diet because it doesn't work with your high-carb noodle dishes -
    look no further than our assorted varieties of shirataki.  Asian Food Grocer is your source for shirataki noodles

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  • Asian Tea Health Benefits: What Makes Green, Jasmine and Tieguanyin Tea so Special?

    What Makes Green, Jasmine and Tie Yan Guan so Special?

    10992-premium-green-tea-lg.jpgIf your morning routine has been that hefty cup of coffee for too long, consider an Asian tea alternative to improve your day-to-day health.  A few Asian teas getting a lot of attention in the US these days include green, jasmine, and Tie guan yin(Oolong) tea varieties.

    China and India have both known and praised the benefits of green tea for thousands of years.  Both cultures have used the tea to treat all form of illnesses from minor headaches and influenza to chronic depression and cancer. Green tea is a proven cholesterol reducer, having been shown in tests to reduce your triglyceride levels.  Switching to green tea is also advantageous for those interested in increasing their daily antioxidant consumption.  

    What makes it so special?  It turns out that green tea has many redeeming nutritional qualities. One cup of Green tea contains high levels of Vitamin's C and E, boosting your immune system and general well being.  More recently, scientific research has begun to prove even broader benefits associated with regularly green tea consumption.  Studies like the 1994 Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicate green tea reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, some times as much as 50 or 60 percent. The Chinese used the tea's ability to kill bacteria as way to store food, and these same properties have been identified as helping to prevent tooth decay.


    Jasmine tea is another healthy morning replacement to coffee.  Jasmine tea eliminates free radicals, a quality that has been shown helpful in preventing cancer and aging.  The benefits of Jasmine tea are also believed to include supporting a healthier circulatory system.  Drinking Jasmine tea regularly has been associated with lower instances of brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis, and arterial sclerosis in individuals.

    Finally, the Tie Guan Yin, or Oolong, variety of Chinese tea is yet another healthy hot beverage choice for those curious to discover Asian teas. Tie Guan Yin's high concentration of the Polyphenol antioxidant has also been linked to lower instances of cancer and illness in those who regularly consume it.  Tie Guan Yin's significant Polyphenol levels also produce the unique flavor and soft texture characterizing this Chinese tea.  Stock up on green, jasmine, and Tie Guan Yin teas, at Asian Food Grocer.

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