[Sca-cooks] Aftermath of a Visit to an Oriental Market

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Feb 15 07:23:06 PST 2009

On Feb 15, 2009, at 10:06 AM, Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps wrote:

> Took a look at the image... can identify roughly half of the items,  
> if only by thier labels in English.  Figured the jar on the top left  
> was probably Hosin Sauce, the one on the right a red pepper sauce  
> but the green sauce in the middle I could not guess at.  So...  
> please give us a list identifing the items by thier place in the  
> image.
> Daniel

Photoshop is your friend. The lovely little bowls are self- 
explanatory... I wasn't able to identify all the jars, either: the one  
on the left looks like some species of soybean chili paste, the one in  
the middle apparently says it's seasoned sesame seeds (this would be a  
Japanese thing you sprinkle on rice, I believe), and the one on the  
right could be anything. I can't read all the characters on the jar on  
the left, but maybe spouse can after enough caffeine is flowing  
through her veins.

In the first row of packets, we've got rice flour, Extra Hot and Sour  
Soup Mix, Wun Yi / cloud ear fungus, looks like, Non-Extra Hot and  
Sour Soup Mix (for those days when Extra Hot And Sour is just too much  
of a good thing?), and water chestnut flour, alleged to be the bee's  
knees for the world's crispest deep frying, among other applications.

Second row is white sesame seed, what looks like white peppercorns,  
"dried prickly ash", a.k.a. Szechuan peppercorns, dried chiles, star  
anise and black sesame seed.


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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