A few weeks ago, my parents went on vacation to the Philippines, Vietnam, and Korea. I was very jealous. They went to the Philippines because that's their homeland, Vietnam because my Uncle works there, and Korea because that's where my brother was born and they haven't been back since. Ahh, the life of an Army family. Even though I couldn't go, my mom and dad promised to bring me lots of goodies! They DID NOT disappoint!
And of course, my parents couldn't forget all the cooking presents!
My mom couldn't find a Korean cookbook that was in English, so she brought me these recipe cards she found at the market. Now all I need is a Korean friend who will traslate. Anyone?
She did find a Filipino and Vietnamese cookbook. I will be making and eating lots of Vietnamese spring rolls this year.
And last but not least, they bought me this BEAUTIFUL apron from Korea to add to my apron collection. It is made to look like a Traditional Korean Wedding Dress. Isn't it gorgeous? I don't even want to cook in it.
My parents also took a massive amount of food pictures for me! I will be posting those soon, so we can all take an imaginary trip to Asia.
In the meantime, you can take your own trip to Asia by visiting your local Asian market. Now, don't be shy or bashful. I know it can be quite intimidating to roam around a market that is literally quite foreign to some you, but be brave and see what's in there!
There are aisles and aisles of new and exciting things to try...
Dumplings and tofu? CHECK.
Delicious sweets? CHECK.
Tea choices galore? CHECK.
Instant Curry for when you're in a hurry? Yuppers!
Loads of cute snacks? HELLOOOOO Kitty!
But take heed because there are some unusual items that you might not see at your local Trader Joe's.
But, other than the hanging ducks and rather unique butcher and seafood section, you're good to go! And if all else fails, ask one of your asian friends to take you! I will gladly go with anyone who asks, but only if you buy me some Hello Kitty Crackers.
On my last trip, I loaded up with all these goodies for under $40. That's a steal if you ask me!
Delicious Filipino bakery items.
Some sauces, seaweed snack, ramen, falafel mix, and a $5 steamer!
Dried mango, green tea, and macadamia nuts.
If you ever go to an Asian market, you wont regret it. You will find lots of yummy treats and interesting knicknacks. And for all your girly girls out there, their makeup is top notch! Take a chance and go to one. Trust me, I'm Asian.
Some of my Asian recipes