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cooking kosher asian-style food?

fara Mar 30, 2011 07:47 PM

are there any cookbooks or other sources for attaining authentic asian taste at home using kosher ingredients? i particularly would like to make pad thai, chinese dumplings, and thai curries among other things.

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    mamaleh RE: fara Mar 30, 2011 10:29 PM

    You should be able to use a regular recipe for pad thai, dumplings and curries and use kosher ingredients. Are there any particular ingredients for which you are having trouble finding kosher equivalents?

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      vallevin RE: fara Mar 31, 2011 05:34 AM

      I used to make fantastic wontons using ground turkey m, ground garlic and ginger.

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        rockycat RE: vallevin Mar 31, 2011 06:50 AM

        Your wontons will be even better if you use fresh garlic and ginger. Nothing says "Chinese food" to me like the smell of fresh ginger. Unless it's sesame oil, but I could almost wear that as perfume.

        Twin Marquis brand noodles are OU and there are a decent number of sauces in the Asian markets that have good hekshers. If you have access to a large Asian grocery you probably have a great assortment of interesting fresh vegetables. There is even an Israeli line of Thai curry pastes that were, at one point, available in the States (not sure about now).

        The main gaps in kosher Asian cooking, as I see it, is that there really aren't any great substitutions for oyster sauce or fish sauce. Otherwise, it's not too tough to convert recipes.

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          weinstein5 RE: rockycat Mar 31, 2011 11:59 AM

          I would also add five spice powder for the authenticate flavor

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            DeisCane RE: weinstein5 Mar 31, 2011 01:06 PM

            Where can I find a rice wrapper with a hechsher? I want to make summer rolls this Saturday night. So far i've only found wheat ones.

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              mamaleh RE: DeisCane Mar 31, 2011 01:54 PM

              Eden makes them. Also, check with your rabbi, because you may be able to use other brands without a hechser if they only contain rice and water.

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                rachelb99 RE: DeisCane Mar 31, 2011 07:43 PM

                According to the CRC:
                Rice noodles and rice paper wrappers with ingredients of only rice and water are permissible without a hechsher
                I can't figure out how to link a tweet but it's posted on their twitter account (CRCKosher) on march 23.

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                  tamarw RE: rachelb99 Mar 31, 2011 08:38 PM

                  Click on the date/timestamp and you get a page with just that tweet.



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                    DeisCane RE: rachelb99 Apr 1, 2011 06:34 AM

                    Damn. Thanks. I passed one up not knowing that.

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                vallevin RE: rockycat Apr 1, 2011 05:34 AM

                I am practically offended, why on earth wouldn't you assume I WASN"T grinding my own fresh.

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              ganeden RE: fara Mar 31, 2011 06:28 AM

              Any good Chinese cookbook is a resource, or any other Asian cuisine cookbooks. Since my wife is Chinese, we have cookbooks from as far back as the '60s, but certainly Ken Hom's early technical books have served as templates for our cooking. For about a decade, we stopped making Chinese food, for the most part because we didn't have the time for preparation. Now, I've again begun using the wok almost every day, and have begun teaching my kids the art of the stir fry. Recently, I've begun a love affair with Lee Kum Kee's Chili Garlic Sauce. So easy now to get restaurant-style flavors into my wok.

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                asf78 RE: fara Mar 31, 2011 01:39 PM

                I am 100% UNaffiliated with this cookbook or the blog that has the interview with the authors (see link). However, the authors mention that they didn't always keep kosher and they know how asian cuisines are supposed to taste and tested recipes repeatedly in order to capture those flavors. Maybe your local library will have the book and you can peruse it before deciding whether or not it's worth buying. When things in my life calm down a little bit, I plan to investigate this further for myself.



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                  fara RE: asf78 Mar 31, 2011 05:30 PM

                  thanks, that looks helpful!

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                  JRKyummy RE: fara Jun 2, 2011 07:56 PM

                  My local supermarket imports Taste of Asia brand kosher Thai curry pastes, coconut milks, seaweed, rice paper wrappers and more. I wasn't always kosher, and can say that it tastes authentic.

                  Lee Kum Kee has kosher vegetarian hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce.

                  When making pad thai, substitute soy sauce for fish sauce (quantity will be different). Other than that, just use any basic recipe.

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                    koshergourmetmart RE: JRKyummy Jun 2, 2011 08:20 PM

                    what store is it and where is the store located?

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                      JRKyummy RE: koshergourmetmart Jun 3, 2011 05:36 AM

                      John's No Frills on Centre St. in Thornhill (just north of Toronto), Canada.

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                    Agavexpert RE: fara Jun 3, 2011 11:08 AM

                    agave nectar (those certified as kosher) can be a great ingredient to make Asian sauces.

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