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  1. Okay, my bad. I thought a mortar & pestle ran about $30. I found one locally for around $10. And yes, cheaper than Mala.
  2. Is there an easy way to do this? Most seem to recommend heating up the peppercorns and then grinding. I use a cleaver to pound the peppercorns but that doesn't seem to work all that well. And I'm too cheap to buy a mortar and pestle since I have no other use for it. I bought a szechuan pepper grinder from Mala Market but it takes around 70 twists to get a teaspoon with a bonus of a sprained wrist. Help!
  3. I admit total ignorance when it comes to sausages. Other than Italian :). With that said, which sausages (appropriate for Chinese cuisine) are recommended that don't need refrigeration and are available online? I assume only hard sausages don't necessitate refrigeration.
  4. Clearly, I need to do more research! Thanks for the info
  5. I have some basic questions. I remember making a sausage and rice dish when I took classes decades ago and I'd like to replicate it. After searching, I'm finding this is not as simple as I thought. I bought Lap Xuong Thuong Hang (Kam Yen Jan) from Amazon. What is the best way to prepare/cook the sausage? I found a basic recipe, lop cheung chow fan that calls for these sausages. It appears similar to what I had in the past. Are there other recommended dishes? Or other recommended sausages? Caveat: I have to buy them online. Thank you.
  6. Thanks, this is exactly what I'm looking for. Does it make much of a difference if I use corn starch instead of potato starch? I'm guessing corn vs. potato starch has come up before.
  7. Thanks for posting this. I never tire of watching videos showing technique.
  8. Mapo Tofu - The Woks of Life.pdf Woks of life called for the thai chillies for the Mapo Tofu recipe. I was looking for a tofu recipe with a little kick. I've only made home-style tofu. I found it to be rather bland. I found this on Amazon. It seems to be similar to the Pixian Doubanjiang recommended. Do you guys think this would be a good substitute in the woks of life recipe for Mapo Tofu? Or, is there another tofu recipe recommended that is not so bland?
  9. Mapo tofu recipe calls for this. Is there a substitute? Ground cayenne? Is it an often used ingredient? I haven't come across it.
  10. Super, thanks. I downloaded the kindle version. blue_dolphin - Asians in Medellín are rare, let alone Asian restaurants. The several Chinese restaurants are awful and feature dishes like chow mein and egg foo yung. Surprisingly though, there's a good Vietnamese restaurant and I've called on them for help in sourcing ingredients. There are no Asian food groups (I looked), though there is a helpful food group on FB for Medellín expats. However, I'm pretty much on my own with Chinese cooking. Thank goodness for the Internet and youtube. And egullet. I didn't think to look around for Internet forums until now and was pleasantly surprised to find a Chinese section here.
  11. Yes, Pearl River. I'm glad I guessed that it was a good choice :). As I mentioned, I've only been making simple/basic dishes due to difficulty in finding ingredients. But more so, due to my lack of cooking skills. That said, I've made chicken curry, kung pao chicken with cashews, Szechuan string beans, spicy snow peas, chicken with oyster sauce, fried rice, ants climbing a tree (I need to find a better noodle) and Szechuan tofu stir-fry. I started cooking Chinese food about 2 months ago and generally make 1 dish every week. Thanks for your insights and helpful info.
  12. I had no idea my question was not straightforward! Thanks to everyone for the enlightenment. I decided to experiment a bit starting with Golden Label Superior light to be used alongside Kikkoman.
  13. Amazon delivers to Colombia but it's shipped from the US. They also do not deliver food products. Still, not a big issue for me as I regularly use a freight forwarder. If it would make a noticeable difference for my needs, I have no problem ordering from Amazon. If you care to recommend something, I'm all ears. Thanks. [I checked a couple of recommendations from Liuzhou and didn't see either available online.]
  14. Liuzhou, interesting post from a year ago. I'm guessing I shouldn't sweat over using Kikkoman (light and dark) for basic recipes? As for Colombia, it's the perfect place for those with gastro issues. The food is bland and flavorless unlike much of Latin America. That's one reason I took up Chinese cooking.
  15. Thanks for the responses. I am an amateur and recently started cooking Chinese food for myself and SO. I don't get very adventurous due to difficulty in finding ingredients and my skill level. I asked about Teshiman because I thought it might be something special. I couldn't find much info about it. Based on the feedback though, Kikkoman seems like the best option. What is your first choice?
  16. New to Chinese cooking... I'm in South America and my choices are extremely limited unless I order online. My options are basically only a Latin American brand and Kikkoman. The guy I get tofu from is selling Teshima though. Is that appropriate for Chinese cuisine? Or, am I better off with Kikkoman? Thanks.
  17. Thanks to everyone for the responses. The problem wasn't the kettle at all. I changed gas burners on the stove and was using a very high flame. When I switched to a lower flame, problem resolved. Stupid me
  18. Thanks rustwood, I needed to make sure since that is the only reason I am looking to replace my kettle. Speaking of size, it seems that there are no decent kettles made that hold under 1.7 liters, twice as much as I need.
  19. Rustwood, I reread the description on Amazon. Yes, I was referring to how long it takes to be able to pick up the kettle. I just noticed the description says you can pick it up immediately. One of the reviews says it takes 30-60 seconds. Not sure which is correct, perhaps you can answer. Mumkin, what a super looking kettle. Glad you found a good deal. I would never pay anywhere close to $400. I would rather use a pot to boil water :). The one you sent a link for (thank you) has some damage and I would prefer something pristine. TicTac, I was very happy with the Le Creuset for 10 years. I don't know why that all of a sudden the handle failed to remain heat resistant. I would consider buying it again, but it's time for a change.
  20. Rustwood, I reread the description on Amazon. Yes, I was referring to how long it takes to be able to pick up the kettle. I just noticed the description says you can pick it up immediately. One of the reviews says it takes 30-60 seconds. Not sure which is correct, perhaps you can answer. Mumkin, what a super looking kettle. Glad you found a good deal. I would never pay anywhere close to $400. I would rather use a pot to boil water :). The one you sent a link for (thank you) has some damage and I would prefer something pristine. TicTac, I was very happy with the Le Creuset for 10 years. I don't know why that all of a sudden the handle failed to remain heat resistant. I would consider buying it again, but it's time for a change.
  21. Thank you rustwood! It looks to be what I'm looking for. I'm not familiar with infusers though. It looks like it has something to do with tea, which is something I don't care about. Is that correct? The only drawback I see is that per the description, you have to wait 30-60 seconds for the handle to cool. Although my Le Creuset probably takes a few minutes to cool now, at first you could use the handle immediately. This is my entire reason for getting a new kettle. Do you find that to be about accurate, that you have to wait 30-60 seconds for the handle to cool enough?
  22. My $150 Le Creuset was meant to last a lifetime. After 10 years of happy use, I guess something eroded the handle and I can't pick it up in my bare hands. Does anyone have a recommendation for a non-electric whistling kettle only to be used to pour water in French press coffee maker? Thanks.
  23. glenn

    Boca Raton

    Here we go again in what seemingly has become a tradition. I think I got him (it's actually for my brother and his wife) a gift certificate for Truluck's last year. I didn't get much of a reaction from him, sort of, been there done that sort of thing, ungrateful bastid. -) For this year, I'm looking for something he probably never tried but not too far off the beaten path. Again, he's in Boca. I called Whale's Rib and they said you have to come in person to get a gift certificate!! That sounded crazy and I have to call back for the manager if I want to pursue it. Is that a place he probably wouldn't be familiar with? It also seems to fit in nicely with my budget, which is meager this year. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
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