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Cooking Asian food at home can be a daunting proposition, though it shouldn’t be! Korean, Chinese and Thai foods all have their roots in home cooking and Westerners need only familiarize themselves with a few simple tips and techniques to make the process easier:
Utensils – Before you begin your Asian experiment, get a wok and some tongs to ease the process. Woks are specifically designed to sear food in the middle at high heat then steam-cook food around the edges slowly…great for stir fries or noodle dishes. Tongs are excellent for tossing sauces and noodles together and if you’re feeling extra industrious, get some chop sticks for enjoying your creations!
Ingredients – Asian cuisine isn’t as heavy as American, but it does require a lot of oil. Make sure you’re stocked with sesame oil and vegetable oil and get plenty of sesame seeds as well as tamarind, fish sauce, and of course, soy sauce to have on hand. Asian grocery stores usually have plenty of fresh, unique produce available year round.
Preparation – Get your vent hood ready for a lot of smoke! Check with the home security companies you contract with to make sure your system won’t be set off by lots of smoke and open the windows before you begin. Asian food is fragrant, so prepare for your house to smell like cooking for a day or two!