Jack Hua Sour Shrimp Paste
Jack Hua Sour Shrimp Paste

Jack Hua Sour Shrimp Paste Review

If you are an afficionado of Thai food, you will almost certainly have enjoyed Tom Yum Soup a time or two as it is almost ubiquitous Thai restaurant menus. Making the necessary spice blend at home can be a little difficult for western cooks, though, given the range of ingredients, but this product from the Jack Hua Company in Thailand makes things very simple and convenient. The label on the jar does specifically identify this as being intended for Tom Yum soup (and even provides a simple little recipe), but the paste is extremely versatile and can be adapted to many other dishes as well.


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Huy Fong Sambal Oelek
Huy Fong Sambal Oelek

Huy Fong Sambal Oelek Review

A Sambal is an Indonesian and Malaysian culinary paste made with fresh Chili. The simplest, known as a Sambal Oelek (or Sambal Ulek), is based on nothing more than fresh red chili ground with salt. This basic preparation is the starting point for many, many more complex varieties featuring all sorts of ingredients like ginger, garlic, lime juice, or shrimp paste (to name just a few).

The Huy Fong Foods Company is already well known for its famous Sriracha Sauce which graces many restaurant tables worldwide. It is especially recognizable by the same ‘Cock’ Logo seen on the Sambal Oelek jar above. In many ways, Huy Fong’s Sambal Oelek is actually a better product than the Srircha Sauce as it has a much fresher taste. It also contains very little in the way of additional flavorings and is thus much more versatile and useful to the home cook.


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Litehouse Freeze-dried Lemon Grass
Litehouse Freeze-dried Lemon Grass

Litehouse Freeze-dried Lemon Grass Review

I have purchased and used a number of freeze-dried herb products from Litehhouse™ Foods. Their Sage and Parsley are of decent quality, if not especially remarkable, and I have purchased those more than once. Unfortunately, I have yet to come across a commercially produce dried Lemongrass that was really worth the money, and this version from Litehouse™ is no better.


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InnovAsian™ Cuisine Potstickers
InnovAsian™ Cuisine Potstickers

InnovAsian Cuisine Potstickers Review

InnovAsian Cuisine™ markets several different frozen Asian food products, including a range of dumplings somewhat erroneously referred to as ‘Potstickers’. They can indeed, be cooked and served in the manner of ‘Potstickers’ or ‘Gyoza’, but the manufacturers suggest four different ways to cook them, with microwaving being the preferred method. In this review, the dumplings are tested by cooking them using all four of the methods….


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