OK, I’ll tell you – $10. Cheap, huh?
I got all these tasty morsels from my local Asian grocery. I was very excited when it opened recently, but haven’t had a chance to check it out. So you can imagine my surprise when I got to the counter and was told that all I had to pay was $9.99 – my eyes opened really wide and I turned to The Bear grinning from ear to ear like some sort of Cheshire cat. I was pretty darn happy with myself for finding this wonderful (and cheap!) treasure trove.
In case you’re not sure what the ingredients are, let me name them for you. Clockwise from the left; Fried Tofu Puffs, Chilli Paste, Chilli Sauce, Rice Stick Noodles, Fresh Red Chillis, Kaffir Lime Leaves.
Fried Tofu Puffs – These are absolutely delicious in laksa or curries because they have a soft spongy texture which soaks up liquid and takes on the taste.
Chilli Paste – I’ve been looking for this brand for a while now because it contains dried shrimp. Unfortunately it also has 1% MSG which I didn’t realise when I bought it, so I’ll be using it sparingly.
Chilli Sauce – This is a Thai/Vietnamese style chilli sauce, which I personally think is the best kind. It’s really hot and has a nice sour note from added vinegar.
Rice Stick Noodles – These little beauties transform from brittle sticks to silken and slippery slivers of delight when soaked in hot water. Perfect for making pad thai or using in noodle soups.
Fresh Red Chillis – Need I say more? You may have noticed a chilli theme here. I love chilli and have even been known to add it to scrambled eggs. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
Kaffir Lime Leaves – These give Thai Penang curries their intoxicating fragrance and are also extremely versatile. I have something in mind for them with sweet potato – watch this space.
Next time I’ll definitely be picking up some silken tofu, pea eggplants, fresh tumeric and tamarind pulp and with any luck, the price will be just as nice! What’s your favourite thing to buy at the Asian grocery store? Leave a comment and let me know.
Happy cooking, Christie
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