We've sung many praises for our trusty Asian grocery stores–locally, we've got 99 Ranch, Freshia in Tustin, Mitsuwa in Costa Mesa, Thai & Laos Market in Anaheim, all treasure troves of wildly flavorful ingredients at affordable prices. But for the amateurs, or even experienced shoppers, navigating the aisles can be a head-scratching ordeal. Kinako, galangal kha, mang kho–huh? (That's toasted soy flour, aromatic rhizome and dried bamboo shoot, respectively.)
Finding and buying Asian ingredients does not have to be frustrating. Here is the ultimate guide for understanding the 100 most commonly-used staples–from fish sauce, Sriracha and tamarind to curry leaf–all pictured with audio pronunciations and selection and storage tips. How-to videos and 25 recipes get you going on cooking!