Category Archives: Chinese

What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’

Are you a seasoned home-cook, an authentic asian food enthusiast, or just looking for some delicious new foodie products to get your hands on? Well, we want YOU!

We at Tang want to share the love with our loyal customers and see what it is you’re cooking with our huge range of authentic products sourced from across south east asia. Be inspired by other online foodies and post your Tang goodies to your social media channels using the hashtag #TangTime for a chance to be featured on our official Facebook and Instagram accounts!

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So what can I buy at Tang to add to my recipe, you ask?

We at Tang Emporium are located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD and offer thousands of carefully sourced, authentic south east Asian ingredients to compliment your traditional or home-made recipes. We take care to stock goods suitable for vegetarians and vegans, with new products arriving weekly. Whatever you need, we at Tang are here to help! Be sure to ask our friendly staff for recipe ideas and advice so you can create your best #TangTime; see you on the other side!

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The Meaning of Moon Festival

It’s that time of year again when we’re preparing to celebrate the annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a celebration that has a rich cultural and spiritual heritage, being celebrated among the Chinese community for thousands of years. Here at Tang, we love sharing parts of our heritage and culture with our customers; so here’s a little synopsis of the exciting event that is the annual Moon or Harvest Festival!

FB - The mooncake is not just a food... It's a profound cultural tradition deep in Chinese people's hearts, symbolizing a spiritual feel

Origins:

 The rich cultural history of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival spans back as early as the 11th Century B.C, during the Zhou dynasty. Ancient emperors of the time used to worship and offer sacrifice to the moon in autumn, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the following year. Traditionally, the harvest festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (late September/early October in western society).

Throughout the centuries since the celebration’s creation, adaptations brought about by various Dynasties have increased the popularity of the festival, now known for its widespread communal celebration and worship activities throughout Mainland China and areas of south east Asia.

FB - Mooncakes are made to be cut it into small pieces so the whole family can share! You'll get some pieces that have a lot of egg yol

Celebration:

 The excitement of a new harvest brought together families of the early Chinese dynasties so they could worship and offer food ‘sacrifices’ to the moon in the hope of a prosperous return.

Traditionally, performed outside under the full moon, a feast of fruits and Mooncake were shared during the celebration, whilst burning incense and releasing lanterns. Gifting and consuming of Mooncake originated as part of the harvest worshiping practices and have remained a symbolic gift of reunion.

Mooncake:

Mooncakes are round pastries made from red bean or lotus seed paste, surrounded in thin pastry and often filled with a salted duck egg. Traditional Mooncakes have an imprint on top consisting of the Chinese characters including ‘Harmony’ and ‘Longevity.’ A symbol of togetherness, Mooncake were seen and an indispensible delicacy as part of the Harvest celebration and have continued to gain popularity up to the current day.

In modern society, it is customary to present them to friends and family as gifts. Mooncake recipes have been diversified with the use of contemporary fillings including chocolate and green tea flavourings, making them all the more appealing to those in western society.

 Whether you’re looking to purchase Mooncake as a gift, for your personal Moon Harvest Celebration or as a unique and delicious treat, make sure you head in to see us at Tang Food Emporium for all your needs!

 

意頭好‧味道佳 運時賀年美食齊備

農曆新年轉眼將至,家家戶戶正忙於辦年貨及預備賀年食品,與家人親友迎接猴年,歡度喜慶滿堂的新春佳節。運時特備多款應節食品,不管您是持家有道的家庭主婦、思鄉情濃欲與好友共賀新禧的留學生,還是二人前浪漫新派小家庭,運時的賀年小吃及美食定能讓你大顯身手、回味無窮。

年糕年年高

year-cake新年「蒸糕」是傳統習俗,除了廣東人最愛的蘿蔔糕外,相信年糕必定是指定賀年糕點。不管您來自北方或南方、內陸或沿海,農曆新年吃年糕絕對是常識吧!那為甚麼新春要吃年糕呢?

據說吃年糕的歷史可追溯至春秋時代。相傳身為吳國大夫的伍子胥,被吳王夫差賜劍,要他自刎,伍子胥死前囑咐,如國家有難民眾缺糧,便往象門城牆挖地三尺,自然可覓得糧食。伍子胥死後,吳國被越王勾踐進攻,糧食耗盡,軍民生命危在旦夕。伍的親信想起其遺言,於是前往象門挖掘,真的發現不少「城磚」,原來是伍子胥以江米粉蒸製後壓製而成的食品,這些「城磚」救回不少人命。為紀念伍子胥,從此以後每逢新年,各家各戶皆會蒸製江米年糕,流傳至今,成為新年必備的年糕。

另一個說法是自周代開始,中國人已經在過年時吃年糕,有祝賀五穀豐登之意。當然傳說屬實與否,無從稽考,但年糕與「年高」同音卻是鐵一般的事實。新春當然要吃好意頭的食品,年糕年年高,有年高長壽之意,自然成為賀年佳品。

時至今日,中國各地甚至東南亞各國民眾,在過年時皆會蒸年糕與親友共享。年糕大多以糯米磨粉製成,但不同地區的年糕有其獨特秘方及風味。為了方便普羅家庭可隨時在家輕鬆即蒸年糕,市面有不少口味的預製年糕,只須開爐蒸熟,即可品嘗。

撈起風生水起

sashimi如果年糕屬於傳統,那麼撈起絕對是新興賀年美食。撈起全名是撈起魚生,又稱七彩魚生,是馬來西亞及新加坡的特色新年食品,流行超過數十載,近年開始在東南亞以外華人地區風行,不少餐廳食肆也會在農曆新年期間推出撈起,取其「風生水起」之意。

「撈」在廣東話裏有「拌」之意,而「撈起」意思則代表「愈做愈旺」,故撈起魚生可說是意頭十足,非常適合新春享用。按傳統撈起所採用的魚生為九江魚生,近年開始選用三文魚魚生,橙色魚肉令整碟佳餚更具色彩。撈起魚生又名七彩魚生,皆因材料包括生菜絲、西芹絲、紅蘿蔔絲、薑絲及花生碎等,七彩繽紛,奪目燦爛,別具意頭。傳統的撈起魚生會將各材料逐一加進碟上,再混和以酸梅膏及桔子汁添加糖水調製而成的醬料。每加進一款材料時,圍桌而坐的眾人要說一句吉祥說話。而當所有材料加好後,眾人便要「起筷」,用筷子將所有材料撈起拌勻,同時說出「撈起」「撈起」,祝願眾人風生水起、愈撈愈旺。

要預備撈起的材料也頗費時,因此坊間備有預製撈起禮盒,只要買一盒回家,加進醬料便可與親朋好友同心起筷,齊齊撈起。

運時備有不同款式口味的賀年食品,不管您來自中國南北那一方,或自東南亞那一國移民至此,我們的應節美食定能讓您於新春佳節,重拾家鄉風味。

2016新開始 運時全新產品推介

新一年,新開始,運時祝各位2016時來運到,煥然一新!

慶祝新一年來臨,當然要嘗鮮試新!運時特別推薦全新產品,讓追求新鮮感與正宗口味的顧客,可以品味最新亞洲飲食潮流。

麻辣空間冒鮮族冒菜底料

IMG_1613_worpdress誰說火鍋只該冬天吃?天生嗜辣的四川人,將一年四季潮食火鍋的熱潮成功推廣,我們一天四季的墨爾本,當然最適合天天開爐!但想在家中輕輕鬆鬆品味正宗四川風味,總覺談何容易。尤其是下班後已經疲憊不已,又或二人世界不想費時預備,甚至周末只想與好友在熟悉的環境下開懷大吃暢談,怎算好?來運時吧!我們全新搜羅來自成都著名火鍋便當品牌「冒鮮族」的「冒菜底料」,讓你隨時隨地也可享用滋味四川火鍋。

「冒鮮族」乃四川成都著名企業麻辣空間榮譽出品,將正宗四川地道味道透過底料包及油料包全然呈獻。底料包讓湯底味道更醇美、更鮮辣、更刺激;不同口味的油料包配合個人喜好,讓菜品增添麻辣或香辣味道,令味蕾大滿足!

所謂「冒菜底料」,就是半固態複合調味料。先將自選菜品放進沸水中,待其冒起即代表已冒熟,可出鍋備用。這時便到主角「冒菜底料」出場!將底料包倒進清水中燒開後,再把已冒好的菜品倒入均勻混合。底料包淋在出鍋後的葷素美食上,濃濃的地道四川風味飄散,頓時滿屋飄香。最後加上油料包點睛出味,不管是逍遙一人、浪漫二人,還是歡慶眾人,皆能方便享用,大快朵頤。

「冒鮮族」的「冒菜底料」堪稱百搭佳品,不管自選的菜品是葷是素,皆能帶出食物的鮮味,更能碾壓一切不良味覺,例如:魚腥味、羊膻味、豆腥味等,全檯食客即使口味不同定能開心享用。「冒鮮族」選料上乘,著重麻、辣、香、酸、清,保證口感完美,包括:雲南高原花椒、河南朝天椒、郫縣豆瓣醬等,精挑細選,滋味為重。

麻辣空間出品的麻辣味及香辣味「冒鮮族冒菜底料」,現於運時有售。


Petitzel Micho美醋

IMG_1617_wordpress由中國飛越南韓,嘗過辣味十足的四川火鍋後,是否有點口渴,很想來一杯特色飲品呢?只要來運時選購全新韓國Petitzel Micho美醋,便可簡單即製美味好喝的特飲。

Petitzel Micho美醋乃100%水果發酵醋,鮮純水果味道濃郁,口味包括:青蘋果、檸檬柚子、石榴、青葡萄及藍莓。只須將不同口味的美醋與蘇打水混和,配合不同鮮果榨汁,即可製成味道獨特的生果味汽水,例如:青蘋果、檸檬、柚子、葡萄柚、青葡萄、奇異果及混合醬果等等。千變萬化,鮮味盎然。

除了生果味汽水外,只要將Petitzel Micho美醋按不同比例與自選飲料調和,即可製成口味獨特的特飲。例如生果味道的酸奶、蘇打水、啤酒與燒酒等,創意十足,不管是一人獨飲或與好友暢飲,皆是新一年最新潮飲之選。

運時有售Petitzel Micho,每瓶900毫升裝美醋皆附有中英文簡易食譜,讓你輕鬆在家自製美味飲品。