Want to make the best Asian food in Denver at home? Here’s just a few things you’ll need.
We’ve discussed on the blog before some basic ingredients you need when making Chinese food at home. Let’s expand the discussion a little more. If you’re looking to make the best Asian food in Denver right in your very own kitchen, you’ll need some additional staple ingredients. While there are many common ingredients found in all different types of Asian cuisine, each culture does use certain items that make their dishes unique. Here’s a look at just a few more things you’ll need to expand your Asian food repertoire.
Fish Sauce – This pungent, salty sauce made from fermented fish is indispensable when cooking Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
Coconut Milk – Another staple of Southeast Asian cuisine. Use the canned kind, not the cartons sold next to the regular milk. Creamy and rich coconut milk is an important part of curries, marinades and sauces.
Miso Paste – A building block of Japanese cuisine, it’s used not just to make soup. It’s also added to sauces and marinades. Even some non-Asian dishes can benefit from the savory, rich flavor of miso.
Curry Paste – If you’re feeling very ambitious you can make your own, but there are lots of high quality pre-made pastes available at the Asian market. These are essential for making Thai curry and come in several different varieties (red, yellow, green, massaman, etc.).
Rice Vinegar – This clear vinegar made from fermented rice adds a clean, tangy and slightly sweet flavor to many dishes. It is available in seasoned and unseasoned versions. The seasoned vinegar has salt and sugar added and is typically used for sushi rice. Buy the unseasoned for the most versatility.
Time to get cooking the best Asian food in Denver!