Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sriracha revisited

One of the things I miss the most on this island is good, really good, Asian food. Though I've mastered a few of my favorite dishes, there are things I crave that I know I can't make as well as my aunties, and when it gets down to it, the real barrier is lack of ingredients. Oh, what I would've give for a 99 Ranch?!

Example: I tried this jar of chili sauce from the market.


blech blech blech!

There's a lovely little shop called Gourmet Galley that sells some great stuff, including dried galangal and some of your staple sauces: ketchup manis, black bean paste, even tamarind paste... but it's marked up quite a lot and I still have no where to go for all the fresh goods: decent bean sprouts, decent lemongrass, thai basil, Asian greens... and noodles... all I've found are some overpriced, tiny packages of bee-hoon tucked way away on a bottom shelf. They've probably been there half-a-century.

Not to mention, the island meat is expensive and the conventional store alternatives are unpalatable to say the least.

I guess this is an argument for living somewhere semi-urban, or becoming much more adept at the online-food-shopping thing. I suppose I could also go chat with the proprietors of the China Pearl or Golden Triangle, the two Asian-y eating establishments in town. Maybe we could work out a procurement deal?

But for now, I've decided to take comfort in my bottle of Sriracha and wait patiently for my first visit to the mainland.

PS. I was so so happy to see the excited responses to my last Sriracha post and to the photo I posted on Facebook. I was also super-psyched to see the NY Times article on Sriracha last night. David Tran's story is pretty amazing.

4 comments:

  1. i have a huge bottle of sriracha in my fridge. hahaha this is soo dorky but i got such a warm feeling inside when i read that article about the tran family and the huy fong company.

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  2. Not dorky at all! I got the feeling when I saw the picture in the article -- I remembered all those times we went out for dim sum and the aunties went into the Chinese market to shop.

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  3. Did you know that Ah Tionh met Mr. Tran way back when he was cooking up the stuff in a vat in his factory/warehouse. This was b4 you were born.

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  4. Whoa! That's amazing! I'll have to ask him the story sometime...

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