Monday, August 31

Restocking Update

That's right, we restocked! From snacks to drinks to noodles we got a full load in. Among the more interesting items we got some Durian in. A close relative of Jackfruit, this pungent fruit has bested the likes of Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern. But we know San Angelo can handle it so we brought it in. Come by and try it out.

Also don't forget to become a friend on Facebook and Myspace so you can keep up with what's going on.

Tuesday, August 25

Twitter

We are proud to announce you can now keep up to date on the store via Twitter. You can find us HERE.

Don't forget to also become our friend on Facebook, Myspace, and Friendster as well. Also feel free to drop by and give us a review on Yelp.

All those and more can be found over on the right side in the Be a Friend! section.


Small store update: We got a shipment of eggroll wrappers in so there are plenty available for all your eggroll wrapping needs.

Monday, August 24

Back to School


Its that special time of year, school time. While we know many of you out there don't really enjoy this time of the year we are doing what we can to lessen the stress. So we've made sure to stock up on some of our more popular snacks from across Asia.

We've made sure to have a nice supply of Ramune on hand for those hot afternoons. Also come midterms we've got you covered with plenty of Carabao and Mr. Brown Iced Coffee. So come stock up for the semester, or just drop by and chat for awhile to take a break from school. Either way, best of luck in the coming semester.

Picture courtesy: Kamoteus

Tuesday, August 18

Diary of a Foodie

Recently we have found ourselves enamored by this PBS show from Gourmet Magazine. Though it does not cover Asian food exclusively, it does offer have several episodes dedicated to it. Below is one such episode which focuses on Chinese cuisine.

After you watch it jump over to Hulu or Gourmet Magazine to view the other episodes or tune into PBS. Make sure to check out the multitude of recipes over at Gourmet Magazine. Then drop by the store and try a few out yourself. Without further ado...

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Sunday, August 16

Restocking Update

That's right, its restocking weekend! Just got back from Austin with a load of goodies, including a lot of the Korean goodies we've been missing for a couple of weeks (*wink* kimchi! *wink*).

Even got some fresh veggies in including green papayas and Thai chilies. Plus a nice restocking of noodles of all shapes and sizes. Also hit up the Indian foods with some new spices.

All in all a good restocking. Also to celebrate this momentous occasion (restocking) we proudly introduce our official restocking image. Every time we restock we will use this image so you can be assured, that yes, we did restock.

Nice huh?

Tuesday, August 11

Fresh Veges..Limited Availability

We just got fresh vegetables in today. Freshly picked and locally harvested taste so much better than commercially produced vegetables and we want to carry the best for our customers. Of course, we get what we can and so come and get yours because they may be gone tomorrow.

But we do have large amounts of fresh herbs including lemongrass, basil leaves, mint, and Kaffir lime leaves..So what veggies do we have?

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Longs Beans. String Beans. Garter Beans. Snake Beans. Asparagus Beans. Whatever you want to call it but they are great as salads or in many Asian dishes. Look out for a new recipe on long beans soon.


Spanish Peppers, Green Long Peppers or Sili Haba. These tasty green peppers are sweet and mildly spicy. Commonly used for soups and stews and may also be sauteed by itself with garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce and served as a side dish.


We have some fresh okras still on the shelve and it is not only commonly use in Asian dishes but also use by many other cultures. Okras can be cook many different ways especially fried.




We'll have other veggies from time to time so make sure to check back with us.

Sunday, August 9

Recipe of the Day

In just about every country on earth there are places dedicated to eating and drinking, generally referred to as pubs. In Japan these places are called Izakaya. With menus ranging from sushi to yakitori (skewers) and everything in between, these establishments offer a place to socialize and enjoy good food. Inspired by this thought of an Asian pub, today's recipe comes from the book Izakaya by Mark Robinson. It is chilled tofu, a deceptively easy recipe, with loads of flavor. Give this recipe a try then jump over and snag a copy of this book for more recipes, you won't be disappointed.
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Chilled Tofu

Ingredients:
1 block well chilled silken tofu (about 12 oz)
1/2 thinly sliced scallions
handful of bonito flakes
2 teaspoon grated ginger
daikon radish sprouts
soy sauce

Method:
1. Carefully remove tofu from container
2. Cut into 12 pieces
3. Arrange pieces into a bowl
4. Cover tofu with scallions, bonito, ginger and sprouts.
5. Lightly drizzle with soy sauce immediately before serving.

Picture courtesy: jetalone

Thursday, August 6

Lemongrass



On the outside this plant is very decorative and is easily used for landscaping. Aesthetics aside, lemongrass is a staple in Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a nice citrus flavor and can be used in many different forms to flavor dishes. We have a fresh supply in so come by and give it a try.

Tuesday, August 4

Recipe of the Day


Awhile back we touched on what exactly is Filipino food. Ask any Filipino to name a favorite dish and without reservation many will mention Sisig. With its origins at the Aling Lucing restaurant in Angeles City, Pampanga, this dish has come to symbolize the ingenuity present in many Filipino dishes. Most who have had the pleasure of consuming this dish can attest to its varied flavors and textures, all combined into a wonderful menage of perfectly prepared pig parts. Its for this reason we bring you a sisig recipe courtesy Pinoy-recipes.net.

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Ingredients:

* 1-1/2 lbs pork cheeks (or 2 lbs deboned pork hocks)
* 1/2 lb pork tongue
* 1/2 lb pork ear
* 1/2 lb liver (pork, beef or chicken)
* 2 cups water (for boiling)
* 1 cup pineapple juice (for boiling)
* 1 tsp whole black peppers (for boiling)

Marinade seasonings:

* 1 cup chopped onions
* 3-4 finger hot peppers (siling labuyo) (seeded and chopped)
* 1/4 cup vinegar
* 1/4 cup calamansi juice (lemon juice)
* 1/4 cup pineapple juice
* 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 tsp whole black pepper (crushed)
* 1 pc bay leaf (crushed)
* Salt to taste

Sisig Cooking Instructions:

1. Combine pork cheeks (or deboned pork hocks), ears, and tongue in pineapple juice, salt, water and crushed whole black pepper and bring to a boil; simmer for about 1 hour or until tender.

2. Drain and cool to room temperature.

3. Slice pork cheeks/hocks, liver, ears and tongue, into 2″X3″ X 1/4″ thick pieces.

4. Place in bamboo skewers and grill over charcoal briquettes until pork rind is crisp and browned.

5. Chop the grilled pork cheeks/hocks, liver, ears, and tongue into 1/4 inch sized cubes;

6. Mix the chopped meat with the marinade seasoning mix of garlic, ginger, onions, vinegar, calamansi juice, hot peppers (siling labuyo), bay leaf, salt and pepper;

7. Keep the marinated mixture in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.

8. Serve on sizzling plate. (like fajitas)

The meat can be substituted with almost any cut from any animal, but its hard to argue with the original. We like to throw in some bacon and it works well. Sisig is also complemented by a good beer such as San Miguel.


We hope you take the chance to try this recipe and get a taste of truly good Filipino food.

Photo courtesy: ~MVI~

Where did it all go?

Seems like only this weekend we restocked. Oh wait, it was. A lot of the new stuff is disappearing quick. Still plenty available for everyone else though.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions for the store or site? Feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line at the email address in the side bar.

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Let us know how we are doing. More recipes and updates coming soon.

Sunday, August 2

Restocking Update

Just got done restocking and the shelves are filled with goodies. At long last we have Ube Polvoron back in stock as well as several other snacks.

Come by and check them out.

Saturday, August 1

Passing of Corazon Aquino

We'd like to take this chance to honor the passing of a historic leader of the Philippines Corazon Aquino.

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HONG KONG: The US, Japan and Southeast Asia led international tributes to former Philippines president Corazon Aquino, who died yesterday after a battle with cancer.

People across the Catholic nation woke to the news yesterday, as Aquino's family announced the 76-year-old's death and President Gloria Arroyo declared a 10-day period of mourning.

US President Barack Obama described her as a historic figure who helped restore democracy to her country.

Obama "was deeply saddened" by news of Aquino's death, read a statement late from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Aquino played a crucial role in Philippines history, moving the country to democratic rule through her non-violent 'People Power' movement over 20 years ago.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed Aquino as an inspiration.

"Cory Aquino was beloved by her nation and admired by the world for her extraordinary courage after the assassination of her husband, and later, during her service as president," Clinton said.

"She helped bring democracy back to the Philippines after many years of authoritarian rule with a faith in her country and its people that never wavered."

Aquino was propelled into the political spotlight in 1986, leading millions of Filipinos in protests against Ferdinand Marcos, who jailed thousands of dissidents during his brutal 20-year regime.

Arroyo, in the US on an official visit, said: "Aquino led a revolution that restored democracy and the rule of law to our nation at a time of great peril."

Pope Benedict XVI hailed the former leader as a "woman of deep and unwavering faith" and praised the former leader of the Catholic nation for her "courageous commitment to the freedom of the Filipino people" and "her firm rejection of violence and intolerance".

Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message of sympathy to his Philippine counterpart Arroyo over Aquino's passing.

Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso hailed Aquino's contribution to friendly ties between the two countries.

"We would like to sincerely renew our deep respect for her achievement," Aso said.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Philippines' nearest neighbour Indonesia said in a statement he was saddened by the news and offered his heartfelt condolences.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also praised Aquino's contribution to peace and development of democracy in the Philippines.

Singapore, in a statement from the Foreign Ministry, lauded her as "a remarkable woman" who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Philippines.


Her contributions are many, she will be missed.