Category Archives: Chinese

Exam Time at Tang!

#TreatYourself Uni exams are coming up, which means it’s time to stock up the pantry and study! Our latest blog runs through some of our favourite snacks to help beat the studying-blues, and keep you focused and fed.

As a Uni student, you no doubt have scraped together your 10 cent coins from the car to purchase a packet of 2-minute noodles on more than one occasion (as you obviously spent all your money on more important things, like beer). And while we never met a noodle we wouldn’t eat, at exam time you need as many veggies as you can to fuel your brain. This easy recipe from Deakin Uni is not only delicious, but also nutritious:

15-minute noodles with ginger and vegetables


1 packet of 2 minute noodles

1 carrot, cut into matchsticks

1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped

1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1tbsp sunflower oil

100g sugar snap peas

handful of beansprouts

2tbsp soy sauce

1tsp white vinegar


1) Cook the noodles according to pack instructions and drain.

2) Chop chilli, ginger, garlic and carrot and set aside.

3) Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan, then stir-fry the ginger, garlic, carrot and sugar snap peas over a high heat for two to three minutes.

4) Add noodles to the pan with the bean sprouts, then stir-fry for two minutes.

5) Mix together the soy sauce and vinegar, stir into the pan, then cook for one or two minutes.

6) Sprinkle the red chilli over the top to serve.

7) Divide between individual plates or bowls and serve immediately.

Another exam time essential is canned coffee, and nobody does canned coffee better than Asia! It was in fact a Japanese innovation, with a Japanese company well known for pioneering canned coffee with milk in 1969. Regardless of its origins, it’s perfect for all those late-night study sessions when you need a convenient buzz as you cram for Bioethics. Try Suntory Boss Black Coffee Espresso Drip when you really need an extra kick.

And when you just need something to nibble on, make sure you’re reaching for something with nutrients that will help improve your memory and overall health. Our pick? Tao Kae Noi Seaweed snacks! Seaweed is also an excellent source of folic acid, which is a key nutrient for brain health. Folic acid has been shown to improve verbal and memory performance. It is also needed to make serotonin, which affects mood in a positive way. And with flavours like Hot & Spicy and Wasabi, they’ll keep you satisfied.

Exams might be hard, but eating good food isn’t! You can shop our range of snacks and speciality Asian ingredients in-store.




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!


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


 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


 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.


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!


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