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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!

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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.

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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!

 

So Matcha to love about Matcha!

Matcha here, Matcha there, Matcha is everywhere! We’re sure you’ve heard a thing or two about this colourful (and delicious) foodie trend that has swept into cafes and stores all around the country, seemingly overnight.

But how much do you really know about this mysterious green powder that’s sending foodies and influencers into a frenzy? Well, you’ve come to the right place, we’re here to make you fall in love with the magical properties of Matcha!

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A brief history

 Originating from Chinese tradition and then grounding its roots in Japan as far back as the 10th century, Zen Buddhists used traditional green tea leaves in a way that they were dried and powdered and then added to hot water to create a delicious and nutritious ceremonial drink for the generations.

Believing in the clarifying properties of the ground green tea leaves, ‘Sencha’ or what is now known as Matcha was considered by 12th century Zen Monk, Eisai, as an ‘Elixir of Immortals.’

Through his introduction of the product into Japanese society, tea plantation owners in Japan have since continued to perfect the process for developing and maximising the most potent and therapeutically beneficial Matcha products.

Health Benefits

Matcha is renowned for its numerous health benefits, which has become a driving factor in its popularity in western culture, subsequently being labelled as a ‘Super food.’ According to online sources, a serving of Matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed Green Tea, as the entire leaf is consumed when ground, not just the particles infused in hot water.

Increased metabolism and weight loss, mental clarity, immunity to disease and detoxification are just a few of the amazing benefits of consuming Matcha and Matcha products, so what’re you waiting for?!

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How to use Matcha

We at Tang Food Emporium are your go-to stockist for all things Matcha, ranging from traditional ground powders to flavoured sweets and confectionaries.

Whether you’re looking to consume this antioxidant filled product traditionally, or use it as an ingredient for cooking and baking, we have something in store for you! Matcha can be used in so many popular recipes to give a distinct and vitamin packed punch including its use in cakes, biscuits, smoothies, yoghurts, ice-cream and cocktails; the possibilities are endless!

We bet you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the amazing-ness of Matcha, that’s why our friendly staff in-store are always here to help you understand and learn how to use our array of South East Asian products.

Visit Tang Emporium in the Melbourne CBD today and discover how much you love Matcha!

 

 

Hello Panda, Hello Tang!

Tang Asian Food Emporium will be your next favourite shopping destination for all things eclectic and authentically Asian. Whether you’re an amateur cook looking to source some unique and unusual ingredients, or on the hunt for genuine eastern products found only in Asia, then Tang Emporium is the place for you!

Founded over 35 years ago and situated in the Melbourne CBD adjacent to China Town, the iconic food emporium was purchased by the Tang family who hold a cherished connection with the food and grocery industry in both retail and wholesale.

Regularly traveling to South East Asia, owners Sio and Elisa Tang value the importance of authentic and original ingredients that pay homage to the distinct heritage and complex cuisine of South East Asia.

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Passion for cooking and quality ingredients is paramount to the Tang family brand, sourcing items from all across south east Asia, and invitingly presenting them to an Australian audience.

Wondering what kind of products Tang Emporium has to offer? Here are a few of our fun and fabulous categories, ensuring something for everyone!

Fresh Foods

From dumplings and buns to fruit and veg, create your own Asian inspired masterpiece with fresh ingredients sure to entice your senses and get you inspired!

Frozen Foods

Buy now, cook later! Stock up your home freezer with our range of pre-packaged frozen foods! We stock everything from seafood to vegetables to traditional buns and dumplings, so you can create a delicious Asian inspired feast at home.

Sake & Plum Wines

Experience the authentic taste of traditional Japanese Sake! With so many flavours to try ranging from sweet to umami, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Drink it on the rocks or mixed in a delicious cocktail- the possibilities are endless!

Noodles

Our selection of traditional imported pre-packaged noodles at Tang Emporium is the ramen lovers dream! Whether you’re craving an authentic taste from home or wanting to try something out of the ordinary, our range is the very best and the most extensive in the CBD.

Confectionary

We’re sure you’ve heard of the cult Japanese biscuit that is Hello Panda, but what about its equally delicious counterparts? Acquaint yourself with hundreds of sweet treats from across South East Asia online or in-store today.

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Make sure you head down to 185 Russell St, Melbourne and experience what Tang has to offer!

Winter Favourites – Time for Tea or Coffee. Or warm up with your favourite Chicken Soup!

It’s cold, very cold for Melbourne. This Thursday, 20th of July it’s predicted to be only 1ºC overnight. That’s icy! So let’s warm up with some winter favourites from Tang: The Asian Food Emporium. Premium Coffee, White Coffee and White Milky Tea. And Chicken Soup – from China, Taiwan and Malaysia – Warm, comforting and good for you.

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Let’s start with Tea. From Gold Kili we offer their White Milk Tea. Each packet contains 15 sachets and provides a double shot of instant tea. According to its makers ‘Double Shot White Milk Tea is a rich, intensive, fragrant tea beverage’. It uses only the highest premium black (fermented) tea leaves. It can be served hot or cold with each sachet being suitable for one cup of tea. Each 35g pack currently offers a ‘buy one, get one free’ offer.

 

Also from Gold Kili at Tang we have ‘White Coffee’, an instant coffee sachet. Each pack contains 20 sachets. An Espresso style coffee, each sachet contains coffee from the finest Arabica beans, roasted and blended with a creamer mix. A rich coffee with a fulsome taste. Just add 150ml of hot water to the mix in your cup – sip and enjoy.

The latest offering from Gold Kili is also a double shot coffee, but this one is described as ‘Café Blanc’ style – frothy with sugar and inulin, ‘a natural sugar derived from plants’. ‘A velvety, frothy flavour’ – the Inulin is known to promote the growth of good Bifidus bacteria, maintaining a healthy ‘gut culture’ and ensuring a good digestive system. It comes 15 sachets to the pack and again offers the ‘buy one, get one free’ offer from Gold Kili.

Also from Gold Kili, there is the Kopi-O Kosong coffee variety. From ‘the finest ground Arabica and Coffee Robusta beans, this instant coffee is extra strong with no added sugar’. Place the coffee bag in a cup, add 150ml of hot water, steep for 2 minutes, remove and add sugar and milk to taste. Each packet carries 20 sachets and is packed and prepared in Singapore as are all Gold Kili products.

 

Who doesn’t like Chicken Soup? Here we provide a range of pre-prepared soup mixes to add to your chicken soup stock ensuring a healthy, fragrant broth.

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From Masfood of Malaysia there is the Abalone and Herbal Spices mix for cooking Chicken Soup. No colouring, cholesterol free with zero trans-fats, this mix provides the basis for a slow cooked soup with a difference. Leave a pot on the stove during these cold days and warm up with a tasty soup.

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Chwee Song is a brand from China. Presented here is a Fragrant Chicken Soup Herbal Mix. It is a mixture of Chinese Herbs (listed on the back) with purported healing properties, gathered from ancient Chinese remedies. It is believed a broth made from this mixture will stave off fatigue.

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Bone Broths are now considered very nutritious and a healthy option. From Singapore try Rou Gu Cha from the Claypot Company, a ‘meat bone soup’ mix. Just add the filter bags in the packet with garlic to boiling water – no need to open the bags, add your chicken, beef, seafood or pork and simmer for 45 minutes – Ready to consume!

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Similarly there is a ‘sweet’ soup from the Star Flower brand. Serving for 4, this blend is added to boiling water with 500g of chicken meat and simmered for 2-3 hours. It contains Astragalia and lychee fruit, Chinese yam and other herbs.

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From Taiwan, manufactured by the Kong Gi May Food Co, we have a soup pack mix for a light ‘chicken liquor’. This mix contains Cinnamon, Angelica, Sichuan Lovage Rhizome, Wolfberry, Astragulus Root and Dried Date. With similar cooking instructions, the soup is clear and fragrant.

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A1 from A K Koh is another favourite herbal soup mix. It contains a traditional range of Chinese herbs, but is relatively quick to prepare taking only 1/2 an hour. This soup is registered as Halal.

 

Lastly try the Kong Gi May soup mix for Stewed Ribs, and the Mas Food mix for Klang Meat Bone Tea Soup, both with unique combinations of herbs to please the palate. Or from Kee Hiang Enterprises of Malaysia you can select the original mix for Kee Hiong Klang Soup Spices – this variety has no preservatives or colouring added. It is believed to offer very positive healing properties to those who drink from it.

Tang: The Asian Food Emporium is open 7 days per week from 10am to 11pm most days. Located conveniently at 185 Russell St please come by. We invite you to visit soon and enjoy our huge selection of Asian groceries, confectionery, frozen food, sauces and fresh vegetables. You will find us here Map. Browse through our website before you visit and if you still don’t find what you are looking for please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff for help and guidance.

Tang: The Asian Food Emporium – simply the best choice of Asian groceries and food in Melbourne.

See you there.

Jujube (Red Date) – The World’s First Fruit

Jujube or Red Date is native to China, Japan and much of South East Asia. The fruit grows on a small tree that is about 9 metres high. As the tree matures, it loses its thorny spines and its fragrant yellow flowers go on to form mature reddish brown oval fruits – the Jujube. At Tang: The Asian Food Emporium we stock a full range and variety of Jujube for your selection.

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The flavour is described as being like a combination of apples and chocolate. The fruit of the Jujube tree has been used for Chinese Medicine for well over 10,000 years. Poets extolling its virtues were recognised as early 600BC. It is considered curative for kidneys, lung and liver complaints. There are over 400 cultivars of this wonderful fruit.

Jujubes here in Australia are most commonly available in dried form.

Here are some of the packaged branded varieties stocked at Tang: The Asian Food Emporium.

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The ‘Hami Date’ is produced in ‘the western region’ by Datang or to give the company its full name ‘Xinjiang Datang in Western Region Agriculture Ecological Technology Co Ltd.’ Quite a mouthful but these Red Dates are delicious. These are graded as ‘No 1’ and will provide you with 400g of health delight. Look for the boy and the camel on the pack.

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Another popular variety is the Zhishen Xinjiang Jujube prepared by Zhanahua Kingman Food Ltd. Sold in packaging with a clear window, buyers can see the plump ripe dates ready to eat on offer. It is a clean well prepared product ready for use in soup or porridge – or just eat from the bag.

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Another popular Jujube is the Hetian variety or ‘Hetian Jade Variety’. This is a bigger date with a thicker skin, high in Vitamin C, this fruit is often called a ‘natural vitamin pill’ by those who regularly consume it.

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Again from Xinjiang Datang in Western Region Agriculture Ecological Technology Co Ltd and branded Hotan Jun Date, this is a ‘Grade 1’ date. Seeds are removed for your convenience. Again look for the boy and the camel on the pack. Each pack is 400g chock full of dates ready to eat.

At Tang we also stock Sour Jujube Preserves, Jujube Crisps and Winter Crispy Jujube.

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Sour Jujube Preserves are from the Haoxiangi Jujube Industry Co Ltd and have a delicious outer coating Look for the green packet branded Meirimiyue and enjoy this sweet delight. Each packet is 200g.

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From the same company enjoy Jujube Crisps. A great nutritious snack, try a packet (108g). Look for the pink packet with the picture of the crisps on the front with the young girl relaxing.

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Lastly from Three Squirrels we have Winter Crispy Jujube. Each pack of 180g is full of nutritious, healthy jujube goodness. This is another great snack to keep you going in your busy day.

The Jujube or Red Date has been described as the ‘World’s First Fruit’.

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When choosing a snack why not choose one that has recognised health benefits? From ancient times, jujube has been used in treating ailments, improving the skin, cleansing the blood, relieving stress, strengthening the immune system, protecting the liver, aiding in weight loss, stimulating restful sleep, increasing bone mineral density and detoxifying the body. That’s quite a list of achievements.

You can make your selection from Tang: The Asian Food Emporium located at 185 Russell St in Melbourne’s CBD.

Find our Jujube selections here in our store. Remember to ask our helpful staff for their advice and direction. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sauces you simply must have in your kitchen

Watch the video here: Hey! Sauces you must have!

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We thought we’d let you know which ones we stock at Tang: The Asian Food Emporium and recommend as a ‘must have’

Soy Sauces

Soy Sauces are a first choice Kitchen ‘must have’. There are three types we recommend – light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sweetened soy sauce.

Light Soy Sauce

This is lighter in colour and is mainly used as a flavouring in many dishes – it lifts the dish with a salty zest. Commonly its used in noodle dishes, stir fries, on salads, in dipping sauces as well as in soups.

Dark Soy Sauce

This is most familiar to Chinese chefs. It has a caramel style flavouring, is darker than light soy in colour (that should be no surprise). For this reason it is used to add colour to the dishes being prepared, for example red braised dishes.

Sweet Soy Sauce

Sweetened, this has a much thicker consistency. Popular varieties are sourced (excuse the pun) in Taiwan and Indonesia. It is again used in dipping sauces, red braising and stir fries. A caution – it is very sweet!

Chilli Oil and Chilli Oil Based Sauces

This ‘sauce’ is a key ingredient used widely throughout China as a dipping sauce for dumplings, an addition to congee, an addition to warm noodle soups or added to steamed buns. There are many variations on Chilli Oil sauces with Chilli Oil Black Bean and crisp chilli oil being two favorites. Ask our staff members for their recommendations.

Black Bean Sauce (Dou-Chi)

Fermented Black Beans are made from a mix fermented from salted black beans and rice wine. At Tang we stock a range of Black Bean Sauces. Very popular with steamed dishes and with grilled fish.

Cooking Wine

Cooking wines are used in most Chinese Seafood and meat dishes. The highest quality wines are yellow in colour varying to white (clear) in other varieties. Often seasonings are added making for a regional touch. The wines are made from glutinous rice with wheat yeast, and with some wines added wheat in the fermentation process. Often sweet tasting the wines are used in stir fries, hotpots, stews and soups.

Vinegars

There are 3 vinegars commonly used – White Vinegar, Black Vinegar and Red Vinegar. Black vinegar is widely used because of its aroma. Red Vinegar is used for dipping sauces or for colouring roasted meats. White vinegar is selected for its sour taste. All vinegars are based on fermented rice. Browse at Tang to find the vinegar that suits your taste.

Oyster Sauce

Both Sweet and Salty, it has a smoky aftertaste. True oyster sauce is made from oyster extracts, sugar, water, soy sauce and wheat flour. It is a preferred sauce for many beef and fish dishes.

Sesame Oil

With a distinctive nutty flavour, aroma and taste sesame oil is a definite favourite right throughout China. Made from roasted sesame seeds it varies in colour with both ‘white’ and ‘black’ sesame oils available. Or you can use ‘toasted pure sesame oil’. It is universally popular and is added to many dishes – steamed eggs, stir fries, soups, dips and salads. It enhances flavours and is commonly used with poultry, fish and beef. At Tang we have a great selection of sesame oils. Please ask our friendly staff for their assistance in making your choice.

Brown Bean Paste

Sometimes called Sweet Bean Paste, this is a popular addition from Northern China and also Sichuan. Best known as the main dipping sauce for Peking Duck, it is again a paste made through a special fermentation process using Soya Beans and Flour. The process accentuates the maltose and glucose elements of the paste creating a sweet flavour. Salt is used to balance the sweetness.

Hoisin Sauce

Also available as a paste, this is a dark, rich and spicy, sweet sauce. Reddish brown in colour it is again made from Soya Beans with garlic and Chinese spices. It is very popular when added to hot pots and for marinating meats like ‘Hoisin Pork’ which are then served with steamed buns.

The best way to find the sauces you like most is to come to our store at 185 Russell St, browse and make your selections. Ensure your kitchen always is stocked with these essential and favourite sauces.

And if you’re not sure as to which variety best suits your needs and your taste, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff for assistance.