Asian cooking can be scary for the novice cook. There are so many herbs, spices and different cooking methods to think about—not to mention the vast variety of cuisines from different countries you can choose from.
There is a simple solution to get you started: spice pastes and spice mixes. These products have been conveniently ready-made so you don’t have to worry about getting the quantities right.
The spices and herbs are chopped and ground together until their juices and oils are released and form a natural wet paste that is then stir fried for a richer flavour and aroma.
Even experienced cooks often opt for a spice mix as this cancels the need to buy each individual spice, effectively making Asian cooking cheaper while also freeing up space in kitchen cupboards.
Additionally, it means that home cooks are free to experiment—why not try recreating your favourite Chinese takeaway dish? You could even make something you have never tried before.
Why not try:
Chinese: Szechuan Chilli Ginger Garlic Stir Fry, Szechuan Hot & Sour Soup, Szechuan Kung Pao Stir Fry, Szechuan Classic Stir Fry, Szechuan Barbecue Ribs, Cantonese Chow Mein, Cantonese Sweet & Sour Stir Fry and Cantonese Stir Fry Rice.
Singaporean: Haianese Chicken Rice, Laksa, Black Pepper Stir Fry, Chicken Curry and Coconut Rice.
Thai: Red Curry, Green Curry, Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai Noodles.
Indonesian: Satay, Rendang Curry, Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng.
Japanese: Miso Soup and Tempura Batter Mix.
Vietnamese: Pho Beef Noodle Soup and Chicken Curry.
Korean: Kimichi Soup.
Next time you are craving an Asian curry, stir fry, marinade, dip, noodle or rice dish, pick up a spice paste from the supermarket or order online. Just add vegetables, meat, fish or tofu and you’ll get a delicious meal in minutes.
Cooking Asian meals at home could not get any easier!
Since 1982, Asian Home Gourmet has been working to bring the exquisite flavours and aromas from Asia to homes all around the world.
It all started with the Asian Home Gourmet Spice Paste range, which pioneered in bringing authentic Asian recipes from cuisines such as Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Szechuan, Cantonese and Chinese.
Each Spice Paste comes in convenient and easy-to-use sachets and is made from carefully selected fresh herbs and spices all sourced locally in Asia.
There is no added MSG, preservatives or artificial colours and all Asian Home Gourmet Spice Pastes are GMO free.
Asian Home Gourmet Spice Pastes are available in all good Asian and Oriental Supermarkets and online at http://www.asianhomegourmet.co.uk