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A Taste of Japan

A Taste of Japan
Japan is a country with a diverse food culture encompassing a variety of dishes from different regions of the country as well as international influences. Devoted to freshness and nutrition in their food, the Japanese like to buy their ingredients on the day they cook. We have picked the top three most common and fundamental dishes served in Japanese restaurants.

Japanese Tempura 
Lightly-battered, deep fried goodness that melts softly in your mouth, tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes and is used on a variety of vegetables and seafood.  It is tasty, colourful and takes only thirty seconds to deep fry. The delicate flavours of the batter are complimented perfectly by sauces and condiments such as tentsuyu and green tea salts. 

Japanese Miso Soup
It is almost impossible to have a Japanese meal without encountering a bowl of miso soup. This hearty soup pairs a Japanese soup stock called dashi in which miso, a fermented bean paste is dissolved, with morsels of tofu, chopped scallion and seaweed. Tasty, warming, highly nutritious and beneficial to weight loss, Miso is a Japanese staple.

Japanese Curry
Thick, mild and slightly sweet, Japanese curry is usually cooked with carrot, onion, potatoes and a meat of choice. It is easily one of the most popular and regularly eaten dishes in Japan. Most Japanese people like to make their meals from scratch, however when it comes to curry, a simple and convenient curry cube or powder mix will do the trick.

Want to try your hand at creating some of these Japanese favourites in your own home? Check out our range of Japanese products and try our Japanese Tempura Batter Mix, Miso Soup and Japanese Curry


3 Inspiring Places to Visit in India

3 Inspiring Places to Visit in India
India is a popular destination for tourists due to its rich and diverse culture, breathtaking natural and man-made landscapes, and vibrant food scene. If you're planning a trip to this beautiful country, here are three inspiring places to visit to make your trip unforgettable. 

1. Hawa Mahal
Also known as the "Palace of Winds" the Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the city below without being seen. The grand building is located in South Jaipur and contains a museum that displays ceremonial armour as well as centuries-old relics. Climb all the way to the fifth story for an awe-inspiring view over the city of Jaipur.

2. Humayun's Tomb
Built in the early 18th century for the Emperor Humayun, this tomb is one of the most well preserved Mughal monuments standing today and went on inspire the construction of Taj Mahal. Located in the Eastern part of Dehli, the majestic garden is modelled to resemble the paradise garden as described in the Quran.

3. The Dilli Haat Market
With the community atmosphere and thatched roofs, the Dilli Haat Market has been created to feel like a traditional weekly village market (known as a haat). 
Wares for sale include: authentic embroidered and woven fabrics, wood carvings, carpets and rugs, saris, jewelry, and paintings. You can also treat your taste buds at the market with a mouth-watering selection of local specialties from various regions of the country.

To bring the taste of India home, try our Tandoori Tikka, enriched with tomatoes and coriander, served with Naan bread or rice. With dishes like our Rogan Josh with Chicken and Indian Biryani Rice, you'll be transported to India without ever having to leave your kitchen.

7 Insanely Hot Korean Dishes Every Spice Lover Must Try

7 Insanely Hot Korean Dishes Every Spice Lover Must Try
Koreans are famous for using spice in the same way that many western nations use ice cream or chocolate- as a comfort food to eat during times of stress or upheaval. As a result, Korean cuisine is full of deliciously spicy dishes to satisfy all your chilli cravings. 

Tteokbokki 
This popular street snack consists of soft rice cakes and fish coated in a thick sweet and spicy red chilli sauce. Often served in small, take-away portions, this dish is perfect for a spice hit on the go. 

Buldak
Buldak literally translates to 'fire chicken' in English, so it is unsurprising that this popular deep fried chicken dish made the list. The dish is infamous for its extreme spiciness and is usually served with gyeran jjim, a steamed egg casserole, to provide some relief from the heat. 

Ramyun
Ramyun, the Korean version of instant ramen noodles comes in many varieties and is notorious for being extremely spicy. 

Nakji bokkeum
This dish consists of stir fried octopus and vegetables covered in a super spicy marinade of fermented red chilli paste, soy sauce, garlic, salt and sugar.

Jjampong 
Jjampong a spicy seafood noodle soup which is a fusion of Korean and Chinese cuisines. Extremely popular as a take-out meal, this spicy soup gets its kick from the chilli oil that is added to the broth.

Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Soup)
Kimchi Jjigae is a spicy Korean stew, traditionally made with Kimchi, pork belly and tofu. The stew tastes better when older kimchi is used, making it a popular way to make use of leftovers.  

Spicy Fried Chicken
Korean fried chicken differs from the American variety because it is double fried for an extra crispy coating. The chicken pieces are glazed in hot sauce before frying to create a fiery and crispy flavour explosion. This dish is often served with a side of pickled radish to calm the palate. 

If reading about these dishes has got your taste-buds tingling, head over to the Asian Home Gourmet website to discover our range of Korean spice pastes and create your own spicy Korean dishes at home. 

Image Source: http://www.maangchi.com/photo/fried-chicken


Spicy Vindaloo Sausages with a Cooling Raita

Spicy Vindaloo Sausages with a Cooling Raita
Looking for an easy way to spice up your sausages? Look no further, because we have the perfect recipe to turn your simple sausages into a culinary delight. Unique and delicious, these spicy Vindaloo sausages served with a cooling mint and cucumber raita are great for parties. 

Ingredients

For the Sausages
All you need is our Asian Home Gourmet Indian Vindaloo Spice Paste and some beef or lamb sausages. If you want to serve these as a snack for guests, use cocktail sausages instead.

For the Raita
2 cups of plain unsweetened Greek yoghurt
2 Lebanese cucumbers, diced
2 tablespoons shredded mint
1 teaspoon salt

Method
1. Coat your sausages in the Asian Home Gourmet Vindaloo spice paste and marinade them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. For the best results, plan in advance and leave them in the fridge overnight. 
2. Ten minutes before you begin cooking your sausages, combine the yoghurt, cucumbers, mint and salt in a serving bowl and place it in the fridge.
3. Take the sausages out of the fridge and place them on a foil-lined baking tray.
4. Set your grill to high and cook the sausages for 10 minutes
5. Turn the sausages and cook for a further 10 minutes
6. Take the raita out of the fridge and serve immediately with the sausages. 

To make this delicious recipe at home, grab one of our Vindaloo Spice Pastes, or visit our website for more recipe ideas.

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A Taste of Japan

A Taste of Japan

Japan is a country with a diverse food culture encompassing a variety of dishes from different regions of the country as well as international influences. Devoted to freshness and nutrition in their food, the Japanese like to buy their ingredients on the day they cook. We have picked the top three most common and fundamental dishes served in Japanese restaurants.

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3 Inspiring Places to Visit in India

3 Inspiring Places to Visit in India

India is a popular destination for tourists due to its rich and diverse culture, breathtaking natural and man-made landscapes, and vibrant food scene. If you're planning a trip to this beautiful country, here are three inspiring places to visit to make your trip unforgettable.

» Read more

7 Insanely Hot Korean Dishes Every Spice Lover Must Try

7 Insanely Hot Korean Dishes Every Spice Lover Must Try

Koreans are famous for using spice in the same way that many western nations use ice cream or chocolate- as a comfort food to eat during times of stress or upheaval. As a result, Korean cuisine is full of deliciously spicy dishes to satisfy all your chilli cravings.

» Read more

Spicy Vindaloo Sausages with a Cooling Raita

Spicy Vindaloo Sausages with a Cooling Raita

Looking for an easy way to spice up your sausages? Look no further, because we have the perfect recipe to turn your simple sausages into a culinary delight. Unique and delicious, these spicy Vindaloo sausages served with a cooling mint and cucumber raita are great for parties.

» Read more