A lot of ingredients in Asian cooking are probably very unfamiliar to the regular American who shops at the local grocery store. This is a compilation of my favorite brand of ingredients: what it is, what it looks like, where to find it, and what brand I prefer. For the most part, they are available in Asian markets, but are also becoming more common in the international food section of the local grocery store.
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Bun Tao, Bean Thread Vermicelli
Thit Chay, Vegetarian Ham