Wednesday, July 30

Product Focus

Since recent temperatures have crawled up into the triple digits I figured this would be a fine time to showcase one of our more popular products. Green Tea Ice Cream. Now I know to the average American diet this sounds a bit repulsive, but I assure you it is anything but.

Creamy, with the slightest of bitterness from the tea, the ice cream is refreshing and calming. Personally it seems to have a calming effect on my stomach if I have consumed too much for dinner. A truly exquisite way to finish off any meal. But what if you don't have a bowl, or a spoon or the other devices necessary to partake in this divine creation? That is where Mochi Ice Cream comes in.

Japanese rice cakes filled with ice cream. Again it sounds a bit odd, but again totally worth it to try. Lightly coated with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking, they are reminiscent of frozen doughnut holes. Both types are wonderful treats and should be tried at least once. So what better time to try them, than when it is scorching hot outside. Click Read more if you dare venture to see the frozen delights.

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Oops, guess that last one snuck in there. Told you it was hot outside.

Monday, July 28

Recipe of the Day

Yakitori- Japan-Guide

Another favorite of ours, it is quick, easy, and cheap. Great for parties and social gatherings. This common Japanese street food is usually made from chicken, and not just the meat. One of the more common versions contains the "giblets." The version we are posting today is just for the meat, but feel free to experiment and see what you like! Photo courtesy LWY

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Ingredients:
  • Chicken without bone and skin
  • Japanese leek (negi), leek, or green onion
  • 4 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Mirin or sake
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Honey or maple syrup
  • Small wooden spears
Method:

  1. Mix together 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of sugar, a little bit of honey or maple syrup, a little bit of mirin and water, and heat it up until combined.
  2. Cut chicken into 1 inch squares
  3. Place chicken in marinade and let sit (the longer the more flavor, but 15 minutes is long enough)
  4. Cut leeks into 1 inch pieces
  5. Spear the chicken and the leeks with the sticks
  6. Grill until cooked, make sure to turn them over.

You can fix these up in massive amounts shortly, just scale up the recipe as needed. These are also easy for kids to make. You can also cook these on an electric griddle with good results.

If there are any recipes you want to share or can't find let us know, and we will post them for you.

Sunday, July 27

The Art of Furoshiki

In this day age of cost cutting and environmental awareness an old Japanese art has reemerged. The art of Furoshiki, or cloth bag making, is becoming a popular way to carry groceries and other items. Here is a link with more information, I'm also putting a video below. Feel free to bring your cloth with you when you come to the store, and use that to carry out your groceries.

Thursday, July 24

Happy Culinarians Day!!

That's right, July 25th is Culinarian's Day. What better holiday to celebrate for a grocery store than one dedicated to food!

So in honor of Culinarian's Day we are of course having a special. Come in and say "Happy Culinarian's Day" and receive a free gift. What gift you ask? Well you are just going to have to come in and find out. You don't even have to buy anything, just come in and say "Happy Culinarian's Day."

This is only good for the 25th, as it would be silly to celebrate on the 26th which is Aunt and Uncle day. Remember the magic words and get your free gift!

Wednesday, July 23

Recipe of the Day


Moo Pat Prik Thai Dam - Courtesy Recipezaar

This recipe has become one of our favorites. Easy to prepare and tastes wonderful. You can substitute chicken for the pork and still get wonderful results. Vary the peppers depending on how hot you like it. We substitute the 2 large chili peppers for 2 whole dried Thai chilis. Photo courtesy: Hassan Abdel-Rahman

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Ingredients:
  • 7 ounces lean pork
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion (cut into large pieces)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, red and orange (cut into squares)
  • 2 large chili peppers, red, remove seeds and cut into stripes
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, cut into thin stripes
  • 1 fresh pepper
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper, coarsely pounded
  • 1 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water or stock
Method:
  1. Fry garlic in hot cooking oil until fragrant.
  2. Add pork and keep stir fry until almost ready.
  3. Add onions, ginger, bell peppers, chili peppers, fresh pepper (optional) and liquids.
  4. Add fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and black pepper, taste and adjust flavors.
  5. Stir fry for a minute. Let it thicken a little.
  6. Serve hot with white rice.
This is an excellent meal that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Hope you enjoy it.

Have any recipes you would like to share or can't find? Let us know and we will put them up for you.

Comments Update

It was brought to our attention that comments were being moderated heavily. I have adjusted this so comments should be more readily available to everyone. Sorry for the inconvenience on that.

Tuesday, July 22

What would you like?

Few stores give their customers the option of shaping the direction the store is headed. We are proud to give you this option.

So what would you like?

Some examples are: cooked foods, sake, more Indian food, certain brands, online store, etc... Let us know by leaving a comment, or sending us a message on Friendster or Myspace. Don't be constrained by the small list I have provided, and let us know what we can do to make your shopping experience better.

Thank you in advance.

Saturday, July 19

Asian Holidays

We are looking for information on holidays from around Asia. Since we are a store that covers all Asian countries we would like to hear about holidays that my fly under the radar here in America, but are celebrated abroad. Here are some examples of what we are looking for:

Japan- May 5 Children's Day

Korea- 8th day of 4th lunar month Buddha's Birthday

You got more examples from Japan or Korea, or even better how bout some Thai, Vietnamese, or Filipino ones? Let us know, so we can celebrate too!

Thursday, July 17

Last Chance and Sushi

We leave for Houston tomorrow, so make sure if you have any requests or balikbayan boxes that you call the store in the morning. We'll post an update when we get back, letting y'all know about all the new products as well as next weeks specials.

To tide you over until we get back, here is video from Howcast on making Sushi.



Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday!

Mama Nida's Amazon Market

Introducing a new feature of the site is Mama Nida's Amazon Market. Over on the left you will notice a new box with several picture of snacks. When you click on that it will take you to our new affiliate store with Amazon.

So if you find you just can't wait til we restock to get your favorite snack, or if you live too far to drive, you can click on there and order products to be delivered straight to your house! Right now we only have snacks on there, but plan on expanding the selection soon.

If you have questions or want something added to the affiliate store feel free to leave us a comment or give us a call. As always remember to subscribe to our feed to stay up to date with the latest from the store.

Thanks!

Tuesday, July 15

Welcome!

I would like to welcome you to the new and improved Mama Nida's Blog. Those of you coming here from Myspace, make sure to subscribe to our feed so that you continue to get updates about the store.

We look forward to providing San Angelo with more Asian food, and also look forward to hearing from you. Take a look around and tell us what you think!

Jason