My Top 10 Most Used / Staple Ingredients for Asian Cooking

Many people ask me, “What are the best ingredients to keep in my pantry and refrigerator for Asian cooking?” I have narrowed the list down to a simple 10, but please know that there are SO many more terrific ingredients out there to utilize in your cooking! Here they are….in no particular order:

  1. Fresh Ginger
  2. Fresh Garlic
  3. Shallot
  4. Dark Soy Sauce
  5. Light Soy Sauce
  6. Shiao Shing Cooking wine
  7. Oyster Sauce
  8. Hoisin Sauce
  9. Black Bean Paste
  10.  Sesame Oil

Most of these can be found at your local grocery store. If you cannot find an ingredient, locate an Asian market in your area – they are sure to have it!


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