Japanese/Korean pantry essentials
I'm moving away from Vancouver in a week and want to stock up my pantry with as much high quality Japanese/Korean pantry items as possible.
Ideas? I'm heading to H-mart for those familiar with the area.
- Large quantities of sushi rice, nori sheets, Korean red pepper
I can't bring anything that requires refrigeration or freezing.
My personal essentials: (YMMV, of course)
Toasted sesame seeds
Black sesame powder
Dongwon tuna in select flavors
Dried anchovies & seaweeds
Red pepper paste
I have all of the above all the time in my house, so I'd say they're essential to me. Everything else I can find at almost any super markets (soy sauce, sesame oil, etc.) though if you want certain brand/quality, you might want to stock up anyway.
S&B curry powder
rice wine vinegar
daen jang (fermented bean paste -- not spicy)
sweet potato noodles
roasted barley for tea
jja jang (fried fermented black bean paste -- different from Chinese versions)
dried red dates (jujube)
sweetened red bean paste
dried mushrooms (shitake, cloud ears)
re: Miss Needle
Oh yes, I totally forgot about tea. That's one of our main purchases at Asian markets. Roasted barley for me as well, genmaicha and sencha, doong gool le cha (apparently called "Solomon's Seal tea" in English) etc.
Are dried dates at Asian markets different from those at normal grocery stores?
where are you going? are you going someplace with no asian grocery stores at all, or just no korean/japanese stores? chinese and vietnamese grocery stores will often carry a lot of this stuff. also - nowadays, even the mainstream, non-asian supermarkets will carry some of these ingredients. korean ingredients tend to be harder to find than japanese. i went to a Tom Thumb in Fort Worth, TX of all places and was actually shocked at some of the japanese ingredients they carried, albei less selection and higher prices - but they still had things I'd never expect them to have. worth looking into.