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Feb 21, 2010 07:28 PM

Grace Young's The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen - what basic items will I need?

After a lot of comparing I made a decision and ordered "The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing" by Grace Young. In the meantime, what should I have on hand so I can land running It would be nice to have the essentials so that all i need to get is produce and protein. Thanks

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  1. Definitely need:
    Ginger, light and dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, shaoxing rice wine, peanut oil, white pepper, red rice vinegar, fermented black beans, garlic, dried black mushrooms, pickled mustard greens/Sichuan preserved vegetable, tapioca or corn starch, sesame oil, honey. And rice.

    Sometimes need:
    Cloudear, woodear, lily buds, dried Chinese red dates, star anise, red fermented bean curd, rice flour, dried shrimp, dried scallops,dried lotus seeds, gingko nuts, hoisin sauce, both white and black sesame seeds.

    There is also some medicinal stuff and more esoteric ingredients that show up in only one recipe.

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