Shiao Shing Cooking Wine, Fish Sauce and Hot Chili Bean Paste
Could you recommend which brands to look for in the asian supermarket?
thanks in advance.
Shao hsing rice wine: Pagoda
Fish sauce: Three Crabs
Hot chili bean paste: Fuchsia Dunlop recommends Sichuan Dan Dan Seasoning Co Ltd.
A commonly used hot chili bean paste in Sichuan is called Pixian bean paste(郫县豆瓣酱). Pixian is a place in Sichuan that's known for its chili bean paste.
Depends on where you live you'll get different distributors (hence difference brands) but with reference to this bean paste,
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Check out Grace Young's book "The Breath of a Wok."
She not only offers recommendations for many kitchen staples, but also even includes color photographs, so you can see which items to get even if you can't read Chinese.
I am not sure if you consider this as a real oyster sauce but Lee Kum Kee is the brand I usually have in my kitchen.
Although like most bottled oyster sauce it contains artificial flavoring, Lee Kum Kee is considered the standard product used in professional kitchen and home.
There are many different packages under Lee Kum Kee brand but I like the "Premium Oyster Sauce" package the most as it has higher concentration of oyster extract. The bottle looks like this: