Asian Sauces and Marinades

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Cooks and gourmets everywhere know how delicious Asian food can be. Asian cuisine is so different, yet so appealing, to the western palate, that we make it a cornerstone of our tasting experience.

While we know that shrimps bok choi and sprouts are among the distinctive elements of Asian cooking, the sauces that make dishes special are a mystery to many Western chefs. They are widely available in Asian shops, supermarket specialty food sections, and by mail order. But the ...

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Overview

Cooks and gourmets everywhere know how delicious Asian food can be. Asian cuisine is so different, yet so appealing, to the western palate, that we make it a cornerstone of our tasting experience.

While we know that shrimps bok choi and sprouts are among the distinctive elements of Asian cooking, the sauces that make dishes special are a mystery to many Western chefs. They are widely available in Asian shops, supermarket specialty food sections, and by mail order. But the bottles are often labeled in Chinese or Vietnamese characters. Even labels in English don't actually describe the tastes or uses of the special sauces that we would like to use - but may be reluctant to buy.

Asian Sauces and Marinades unlocks this mystery of the orient. It is the key to the pungent, aromatic and richly spiced sauces that are easy to obtain and use to make the rich and complex flavors that are authentic and satisfying. It contains:

  • An 8-page glossary of terms, from Annato to Hoi Sin to Sambal Oeleek
  • Marinades for fish, meat, poultry and tofu
  • Stir-fry sauces and techniques
  • Dressings and pickling sauces for vegetables and fruits
  • Dipping sauces and relishes
  • Rubs and glazes for meat and seafood
  • Stews and braised dishes
  • Curries, mild to fiery
  • Soups, broths and stocks
  • Sauces as accompaniments
  • Dessert sauces.

Each section is filled with familiar and unusual recipes (80 in total) that are uniquely associated with the sauces and marinades described. There is a history of the dish and the national cuisine and dozens of very tempting full-color photographs of the dishes described.

There is a great need for the information in this book, and Wendy Sweetser presents it in a form and style that is inviting and accessible to Western cook, from novice to experienced.

"All great chefs agree that the secret to delicious dishes is the sauce. This volume does a superb job of showing you how fundamental they are in Asian cooking and explains their many uses. Having this book in your collection is like having a magic wand in your kitchen."
- Chef Martin Yan,
- host of Yan Can Cook

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Editorial Reviews

Appleton Post-Crescent - Myrna Collins
Explores the fine points that differentiate Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai dishes from each other and other non-Oriental preparations.
Healthy Cooking
Inspiring photographs ... will motivate you to stir things up a bit by varying your menu to include healthy Asian dishes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552976142
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Sweetser specializes in food and travel writing. Traveling in Asia for 25 years, she got to know local cuisine firsthand by touring markets and food stalls. Recently, she has spent several years working with a leading Asian food company developing recipes and new products.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Glossary

Marinades

Hoi sin, oyster sauce, and red bean curd marinade
Ginger wine, soy, and coriander marinade
Palm sugar, garlic, and nuoc mam marinade
Red pepper paste
Sesame, soy, and ginger marinade

Stir-fry sauces

Garlic, fresh cilantro, and chile sauce
Sweet and sour stir-fry sauce
Garlic, fish sauce, and lime stir-fry sauce
Plum sauce
Black bean sauce
Dark soy, ginger, and sesame sauce
Tamarind sauce
Sweet chile and tomato sauce

Dressings and pickling sauces

Chile peanut dressing
Chinese pickling brine
Korean pickling mix
Papaya chutney
Lime,
mirin, and tamari dressing
Fish sauce, herb, and lime dressing
Fresh cilantro, lime, and green chile dressing
Lemongrass, cilantro, and ginger dressing
Lemongrass dressing

Dipping sauces and relishes

Plum dipping sauce
Sweet soy sauce
Pon-zu
Light soy and mirin dipping sauce
Sesame dipping sauce
Garlic, chile, and lime dipping sauce
Yellow bean and peanut dipping sauce
Sweet and sour chile dipping sauce
Rice vinegar, basil, and chile dipping sauce
Sweet chile dipping sauce
Chile preserve
Vinegar dipping sauce

Rubs and glazes

Teriyaki glaze
Rice wine glaze
Sake, mirin, and soy glaze
Lime, turmeric and coconut glaze
Soy and ginger glaze
Sesame, soy, and ginger glaze
Soy and chili barbecue glaze
Honey, sweet soy, and lime glaze

Stews and braised dishes

Beer and garlic braising sauce
Chile and tomato sauce
Red braising sauce
Chile bean, soy, and ginger sauce
Sake and sweet soy sauce
Lime and lemongrass sauce
Three-flavor sauce
Rich tomato sauce
Onion, chile, and tomato sauce

Curries

Red curry paste
Cbinese curry powder
Onion, garlic, and ginger curry paste
Green curry paste
Mekong curry paste
Red chile, nut, and onion paste
Chile spice paste
Curry devil spice mix

Soups, broths, and stocks

Dashi
Chicken, soy, and ginger broth
Chicken, rice wine, and fresh cilantro broth
Black tea broth
Spicy beef stock
Chicken, lemongrass, and lime leaf stock
Chinese chicken broth
Spicy coconut broth
Coconut, red curry, and chicken broth

Sauces as accompaniments

Sate peanut sauce
Galangal and ginger sauce
Peanut and sesame sauce
Hoi sin and ginger sauce
Lemon sauce
Soy, vinegar, and chile sauce
Rice vinegar and Japanese soy sauce

Dessert sauces

Caramel toffee
Lime and brown sugar syrup
Egg and vanilla custard
Mango coulis
Coconut custard

Index

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Preface

Introduction
Asian sauces and marinades

It is not surprising that Asia, home to around half the world's population, has produced some of the most diverse, exciting and inspirational cuisines in the world. When Asian people sit down to eat, they are not simply satisfying a craving for food. They are celebrating something even more fundamental to their culture and way of life — the ritual and pleasure of sharing food with family and friends.

At the heart of Asian cooking are the sauces and marinades that are integral to so many of its dishes. Pungent and richly spiced, aromatic with fresh herbs and fruit, sour with tamarind, or fired with the intense heat of chiles, every sauce is a complex and subtle masterpiece in its own right. Add to that the age-old custom of mothers handing down carefully guarded recipes to their daughters, never writing anything down or sharing their culinary secrets beyond the family, and the seemingly inscrutable puzzle that is Oriental cooking begins to deepen.

The aim of this book is to show that it is possible to unlock the secrets of Asian cuisines and that by a careful blend of ingredients and an understanding of the techniques that are used in Oriental cooking, you can create authentic Asian dishes in your own kitchen. Most of the ingredients called for in the recipes can be bought in supermarkets — more unusual ones can be tracked down in specialty stores or markets, or brought home as exciting culinary souvenirs from holidays to the East.

Although similar ingredients feature in cuisines all over Asia, different countries favor their own individual variations, either in the texture of soy sauce, the "heat" of curry paste, the saltiness of shrimp paste, or the pungency of fish sauce. It is these delicate differences and the manner in which ingredients are combined that make each individual Oriental cuisine unique.

External influences have also left their mark on the melting pot of Asia's cultures, its peoples, and, by extension, its cooking. Baguettes on sale in a Vietnamese market are a reminder of French colonial rule in Indochina. The Dutch introduced Indonesians to desserts and cakes, the Spanish added olive oil, tomatoes, olives and paella to Filipino kitchens, and Nyonya cuisine developed when the Chinese traders in Melaka and Singapore settled there and married Malay wives.

One of the defining flavors of Asian cooking is chile. This fruit of the capsicum plant grows prolifically all over the region and its liberal use, particularly in Thai, Indonesian, and Korean dishes, can make some recipes too hot for Western palates unaccustomed to such heat. There are hundreds of chile varieties and, as a general rule, heat can be measured in reverse proportion to size: the smaller the chile,
the hotter it will be. This book approaches the quantity of chiles to be used in recipes with caution but, as with good wine, individual taste will dictate. If a recipe sounds too hot, cut the chiles down to suit your palate. You can always increase the amount next time, since you may well be surprised at how addictive chiles can become!

Asian cookery writers often compare the merits of a good meal with those of a good novel in that it must start well, have character and suspense, and follow through to a memorable finish. If this book can tempt you to discover more of the wonderful secrets of Asian cooking, a whole continent of evocative flavors and aromas is here to be explored and enjoyed in your own home.

As they say in China, chin, chin-ch'e. Bon appétit!

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Introduction

Introduction
Asian sauces and marinades

It is not surprising that Asia, home to around half the world's population, has produced some of the most diverse, exciting and inspirational cuisines in the world. When Asian people sit down to eat, they are not simply satisfying a craving for food. They are celebrating something even more fundamental to their culture and way of life -- the ritual and pleasure of sharing food with family and friends.

At the heart of Asian cooking are the sauces and marinades that are integral to so many of its dishes. Pungent and richly spiced, aromatic with fresh herbs and fruit, sour with tamarind, or fired with the intense heat of chiles, every sauce is a complex and subtle masterpiece in its own right. Add to that the age-old custom of mothers handing down carefully guarded recipes to their daughters, never writing anything down or sharing their culinary secrets beyond the family, and the seemingly inscrutable puzzle that is Oriental cooking begins to deepen.

The aim of this book is to show that it is possible to unlock the secrets of Asian cuisines and that by a careful blend of ingredients and an understanding of the techniques that are used in Oriental cooking, you can create authentic Asian dishes in your own kitchen. Most of the ingredients called for in the recipes can be bought in supermarkets -- more unusual ones can be tracked down in specialty stores or markets, or brought home as exciting culinary souvenirs from holidays to the East.

Although similar ingredients feature in cuisines all over Asia, different countries favor their own individual variations, either in the texture of soy sauce, the"heat" of curry paste, the saltiness of shrimp paste, or the pungency of fish sauce. It is these delicate differences and the manner in which ingredients are combined that make each individual Oriental cuisine unique.

External influences have also left their mark on the melting pot of Asia's cultures, its peoples, and, by extension, its cooking. Baguettes on sale in a Vietnamese market are a reminder of French colonial rule in Indochina. The Dutch introduced Indonesians to desserts and cakes, the Spanish added olive oil, tomatoes, olives and paella to Filipino kitchens, and Nyonya cuisine developed when the Chinese traders in Melaka and Singapore settled there and married Malay wives.

One of the defining flavors of Asian cooking is chile. This fruit of the capsicum plant grows prolifically all over the region and its liberal use, particularly in Thai, Indonesian, and Korean dishes, can make some recipes too hot for Western palates unaccustomed to such heat. There are hundreds of chile varieties and, as a general rule, heat can be measured in reverse proportion to size: the smaller the chile, the hotter it will be. This book approaches the quantity of chiles to be used in recipes with caution but, as with good wine, individual taste will dictate. If a recipe sounds too hot, cut the chiles down to suit your palate. You can always increase the amount next time, since you may well be surprised at how addictive chiles can become!

Asian cookery writers often compare the merits of a good meal with those of a good novel in that it must start well, have character and suspense, and follow through to a memorable finish. If this book can tempt you to discover more of the wonderful secrets of Asian cooking, a whole continent of evocative flavors and aromas is here to be explored and enjoyed in your own home.

As they say in China, chin, chin-ch'e. Bon appétit!

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