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Students Will Find Trusted Asian Brands In This Food Store


Melbourne is a multi-cultural city with many students from Asian countries attending the excellent universities and other education institutes based in and around the city.  These students often find themselves missing familiar foods, which they can’t find in ordinary supermarkets. So they are delighted when they hear about TANG the Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street. When they first visit the store they are thrilled to find many of their favourite snacks, special drinks, familiar seasonings, easy cook meals or favourite sweets and the brands they trust from home.

Owners, Mr. & Mrs. Tang specialise in supplying regional foods from countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. Mr. Tang often travels to these Asian regions to source local brands and add to the range of products already stocking the shelves of this popular Asian grocery store/supermarket.

There are regular in-store promotions with great specials and a Privilege Membership program for regular customers. To join the program sign up to in-store and receive a discount on all purchases you make at TANG.

The Tangs make sure their customers are well informed, with an active Facebook page to keep them up-to-date and a website with a Products Page that lists the most sought after as well as unusual products within categories. On the website there is a store map so customers can familiarise themselves with the store before they visit. The staff in-store are also very friendly and will help with any questions or requests for specific brands or foods. Like our Facebook page to stay in touch.


Asian Cuisine A Great Option For Vegetarian Diets in Australia


tan-fresh-foodMany more Australians are becoming Vegetarian. Roy Morgan Research found that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults whose diet is all or almost all vegetarian rose to almost 2.1 million people (11.2% of the population) from 1.7 million ( 9.7%. of the population). Sydney leads with 14.4% of its residents adopting a vegetarian (or little meat) diet ahead of Hobart (13.3%) and Melbourne (12.7%). Many report that they have gone vegetarian in order to eat more healthily and maintain a low carb, low fat diet.

The Asian diet is certainly up there in terms of healthy eating and offering good, tasty vegetarian options. Tofu, or beancurd, is a popular ingredient in East Asian and Southeast Asian dishes and is often used in place of meat or seafood. Tofu is low in calories and high in protein and iron and, depending on the coagulants used in manufacturing (e.g. calcium chloride, calcium sulfate, magnesium sulfate), it can have a high calcium or magnesium content as well. Fresh vegetables are also a mainstay in most Asian dishes.

Healthy eating is aligned to healthy drinking habits as well. The traditional Asian approach to drinking with your meal is to limit fluid intake when eating so that digestive enzymes do not become diluted, as these are so important for proper digestion. Green tea or other hot teas are offered before a meal to support enzymatic activity and help aid digestion. It is suggested that a thirty minute period between drinking green tea and eating is the optimum.

You will find good quality green tea, tofu and all the ingredients you will need to make delicious Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese or Korean dishes at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.

Multi-Cultural City Melbourne Devours Diverse Cuisines

eating hotpotMelbourne truly is a multi-cultural city and nowhere is this more obvious than in the explosion of diverse cuisines available at eateries in this fair city.  With sizeable populations of people from many different countries you will now see grocery stores specialising in ingredients, snacks and beverages for specific cuisines.  One of the most prolific of these are Asian groceries; apart from residents who have come from our closest neighbours and hanker for ingredients to make the tasty dishes they ate back home, all manner of Melburnians are embracing the delicious tastes of Asia.
Reflecting recent trends in migration to Victoria, the 2011 census shows that those born overseas from North Africa and the Middle East, South-East Asia, North-East Asia and in particular Southern and Central Asia, have increased the most in both absolute numbers and as a proportion of the total. The top ten countries of birth for Victoria in 2011 were: England, India, China, New Zealand, Italy, Vietnam, Greece, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Philippines.

It is therefore no wonder that Ingredients for Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Filipino dishes are sought after. One of the longest established and best stockists of these foods, TANG The Asian Food Emporium, is situated for convenience in the CBD at 185 Russell Street. They also stock well-loved snacks, beverages and lollies sourced from South Asia as well as Chinese traditional medicines and Korean, Japanese and Thai groceries. Catering to busy students and office workers the store is open every day of the year from 10am to 11pm.

Elisa Tang serving a customer

Elisa Tang serving a customer

Elisa Tang runs the retail side of the business and is well known to her customers, whilst her husband Sio is in charge of sourcing and supplying stock.  Their website has a store map and products page, helping customers to find the right ingredients for that special dish.

Ingredients For Thai Food At This Specialist Asian Grocer/Supermarket

Owner Elisa Tang serves customer at TANG

Owner Elisa Tang serves customer at TANG

All the ingredients you need for a Thai Red Fish Curry – frozen white fish, rice noodles, peanut oil, seasoning, red curry paste, fish sauce, sugar, coconut cream and fresh ingredients coriander leaves, bean sprouts, limes, spring onions, garlic and snap peas can be found at Asian Grocers/Supermarket TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne.

Recipe Thai Red Fish Curry

Soak the rice noodles in hot water for ten 10 minutes, drain and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of peanut oil in wok over high heat, season the fish and stir fry half until slightly golden, transfer to plate and stir fry the other half with another 1 tablespoon of peanut oil.
Heat another 1 tablespoon oil, add garlic, spring onion and coriander root. Stir fry until softened,
Add curry paste and stir fry 2 minutes, add fish sauce, sugar, snap peas, 60 ml water and cook another 2 minutes until sauce is slightly reduced.
Return the fish to the work with coconut cream and remaining spring onion, toss to combine.
Serve over rice noodles with coriander leaves, peanuts, bean sprouts and lime wedges.

You will find all your authentic Thai ingredients for other delicious Thai dishes such as Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Pad Thai, Thai Pork Larb Salad, Thai Beef Salad, Thai Chicken Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Sweet Chilli Beef Stirfry and Pad Se-ew at this incredible store. Specialising in bringing the authentic tastes of Asia to Australia,owners Sia and Elisa Tang travel to South East Asia frequently to source the best ingredients, snacks and beverages for their customers.

Authentic Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian and Japanese Cooking Ingredients

Ingredients for Japanese Sushi

Ingredients for Japanese Sushi

Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine is very popular in Melbourne Town and there are many restaurants that serve these dishes. Korean and Malaysian cuisines are also delicious and you will also find a number of restaurants specialising in these dishes. With so many cooking shows on TV these days, such as Master Chef and My Kitchen Rules people are becoming more experimental with their own cooking at home. One of the secrets to cooking your own tasty dish with authentic flavours is using the right ingredients. To ensure you have the authentic taste you need to find an Asian supermarket that sells groceries sourced directly from the country where the cuisine is served.


You will be delighted  when you see, taste and smell the array of authentic Asian foods and popular brands from countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea when you visit TANG The Asian Food Emporium. Situated at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne their selection of spices and sauces to flavour your dishes is vast, as is the choice of tinned and frozen foods. You will also find many ready to eat dishes such as tinned milk peanut soup, vegetarian chop suey, Ichibiki brand instant soups and easy to cook noodle dishes to suit students. Sweet and savoury snacks are plentiful and beverages range from tinned coffees to exotic teas, fruit juices, coconut water, iced teas, aloe vera drinks, root beer, grape fanta and cherry coke.


If you have enjoyed yum cha and want to repeat the taste experience at home you will find a fantastic selection of dumplings in the freezer section, anything from prawn, pork and chives to chicken and mushroom and vegetable. So call in from 10am to 11pm any day of the week (open 7 days) and ask the friendly staff for help with any of your Asian cooking needs.


Season Your Asian Dishes For the Authentic Flavours of Asia

TANG stocks a variety of sauces

TANG stocks a variety of sauces

There is nothing like seasoning, condiments, sauces and bases to ensure a delectable, tasty dish. If you’re cooking Asian you’ll find the best assortment of authentic Asian groceries at TANG The Asian Food Emporium in Melbourne.

Try condiments like Tomo Foods pickles –pickled sliced lettuce, fried gluten with peanuts, pickled whole cucumbers and seasoned bamboo shoots. For seasonings there’s the Ajishima rice seasoning range and for Japanese dishes Shimaya bonito flavoured seasoning, Higashimaru ramen soup cooking seasoning and many choices in miso from brands like Miyasaka  Jyozo Co., Hanamaruki, Marukome and Miko plus MikariMiso organic miso. More flavourings from Baiweizhai Chinese mapo tofu paste, Little Sheep hot pot paste, S & B and Housefoods curry mixes mild through to hot, Wei I ground fried tuna floss, Zui Fa Food Co. frying powder for chicken and Belacon shrimp paste. Fragrant spices from Elegant Flower include star anise, Sichuan chilli and Sichuan peppercorn add that extra zing.

Asian style cooking will not be complete without sauces. Whether it’s soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, yuzu juice, deep roasted sesame dressing, veg & fruit sauce, seasoning sauces, goma sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, dumpling sauce or mayonnaise you’ll find a great selection at TANG The Asian Food Emporium.  For example, their variety of soy sauces include dark soy sauce, soy sauce paste, thin soy sauce, sweet soy sauce or tamari naturally brewed soy sauce. You’ll also find vegetarian barbeque sauce, satay black bean paste, sesame oil, cooking rice wine and mirin. Open 7 days until 11pm each night at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne.

Get The Right Ingredients To Make Your Asian Dishes Authentic

TANG The Asian Food Emporium

TANG The Asian Food Emporium

If you are working out your menus for this weekend and you fancy some authentic Asian dishes then you had best head along to TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne. There you will find such a great selection of Asian groceries you will be sure to find all the ingredients you need for some very tasty Asian meals.

Head to the freezer section and you will be thrilled at the selection of dumplings – Wang vegetable dumplings, Smile Foods Chinese cabbage and pork, spinach and pork, shrimp and pork, chives and pork dumplings, World No.1 mushroom and vegetable dumpling, Hong Men Ju seafood and pork dumplings, Be Feng Tang Shepherds Purse dumpling soup and three delicacies dumpling soup.

There’s plenty more in the freezer section, KBs prawn Gyoza and vegetable Gyoza, I Mei oriental plain and green onion flavour ready-made pancakes, Chinese Royal Kitchen Hsin Chu pork balls and pork and mushroom balls, Chenko Foods the original Peking Duck pastry and Japanese scallops,  broiled eel, Kibun Gobo Maki fish cake, mixed vege fish cake and Naruto Maki fish cake, H & D Food beef sliced and lamb sliced, Deaun Mart Shabushabu and pork belly, Tep Tayoyaki cooked octopus ball, QQ lobster ball, Eoli shrimp tray and Xing Chang Fa water chestnut, bamboo shoot and lotus root.

There’s a good selection of buns too – try Wuting Food mushroom and green vegetables, Chinese spinach or mustard and lotus root flavour buns, Chimei cabbage, sesame, mushroom, lotus root and taro flavour buns. For something a bit sweeter there’s delicious glutinous rice balls – Chinatown black sesame, red bean paste, yam paste and peanut and white sesame flavours or San Quan strawberry and green kiwi flavours and also a great range of Japanese ice creams. The selection of authentic Asian groceries from Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan is fantastic, check it out soon.