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Cocktail Season!

Spring has finally sprung and that means summer and the promise of warm weather is not far behind! You know what that means? Cocktail season of course! 

Ditch the overpriced drinks at a crowded bar this weekend and make your own spring inspired cocktails with premium-imported ingredients including Liqueurs, Sakes and Plum Wines from us at Tang Food Emporium! 

 Need a little inspiration to get the creative juices flowing? Here are a few of our favourite recipes using delicious and adorably pink Cherry Blossom Liqueur. 

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Cherry Blossom Sangria 

 Ingredients:  

  • 30ml Cherry Blossom Liqueur 
  • 90ml Soda Water 
  • 60ml Lemonade 
  • 150ml White Wine 
  • 4 slices Lemon 

Method:  

Step 1. Combine ingredients in a tall glass or tumbler filled with ice cubes 

Step 2. Stir thoroughly and serve immediately! 

 

Cherry Blossom Liqueur ‘Straight up’ 

Ingredients: 

  • 20ml Cherry Blossom Liqueur 
  • Soda Water 
  • Fresh Lime 

Method: 

 Step 1. Pour Cherry Blossom Liqueur over Ice 

Step 2. Fill glass with soda water and lime to taste 

 

Cherry Blossom ‘Bloom’ 

 Ingredients: 

  • 30ml Cherry Blossom Liqueur 
  • 60ml Soda Water 
  • 10ml Grenadine 
  • Glazed Cherries 
  • Fresh Lime 

Method: 

Step 1. Combine ingredients in a tall glass or tumbler filled with ice cubes 

Step 2. Stir thoroughly  

Step 3. Garnish with cherries and lime to taste 

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Which one are you going to make at home? Do you have a favourite recipe that uses our Cherry Blossom Liqueur? Comment what it is below and make sure you head into Tang Food Emporium on 185 Russell Street, Melbourne. 

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Get Spooky this Halloween with Tang! 

It’s that time of year again when all things creepy-crawly and a little bit spooky find their way into stores and even your neighbourhood! What are we on about you ask? Halloween of course!  

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So what is Halloween 

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31st. Most popular in North American culture, the celebration has roots in ancient European traditions and has found its way into the lives of citizens worldwide. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. 

Popular culture has developed this age-old tradition into a fun and family-friendly event where dressing up, carving pumpkins and collecting sweets (also known as trick-or-treating) captures the minds of young and old. 

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And how can Tang make your Halloween the best ever?  

 With candy of course! Trick or Treating is a worldwide children’s custom of calling at neighbourhood houses on Halloween with the threat of ‘pranks’ if they are not given a small gift, usually of the sweet variety. This activity is harmless fun for the whole family! 

Instead of handing out the boring supermarket treats you’ve tried time and time before, why not try something unique from Asia, brought to you with convenience by Tang Food Emporium. We stock hundreds of confectionary brands from worldwide favourites including Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Rilakkuma, Nestle, Disney and much more! From sweet to savoury, individually packaged or gift boxed, head in store and enjoy our kooky range of unique products at great prices. 

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Want to know more? Head to our social channels or website for a sneak peak of what we have to offer! Don’t forget to show us your Halloween loot by using the hashtag #Tangtime on Instagram. 

Happy Trick or Treating

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.