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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!

 

 

Matcha – Biscuits with crunch… and flavour!

At Tang: The Asian Food Emporium, like you we love Matcha. Made form Green Tea extract we stock a wide range of Matcha products – Biscuits, Chocolate, Cakes, Icecream, drinks,… Here are some of our more popular biscuits and chocolate Matcha delights – and some delicious drinks from Taiwan in Apple, Mango, Banana and Papaya flavours.

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Bourbon Biscuits are made in Japan. This week we have four varieties from Bourbon and one from Country Ma’am.

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From Bourbon let’s start with Mini Sylveine Matcha biscuits. Coated in delicious milk chocolate (but relatively dark), these are delicious little triangles of Matcha flavoured biscuit with a sweet creamy central layer. Each 140g packet holds 14 biscuits, more than enough for morning or afternoon tea – or both!

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Also from Bourbon we present the Mini Baum Rollup ‘Uji’ cream Cookie. A sweet Matcha flavoured treat, each 148g packet holds 16 individually wrapped rollups or ‘Uji’. A Matcha outer layer enveloping a creamy sweet inner biscuit. Try them, you’ll love them.

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For a more traditional style biscuit Bourbon offer the Alfort ‘Uji’ Matcha Cookie. A traditional baked biscuit with a delicious Matcha topping. The 168g Packet contains 16 scrumptious biscuits. A must for your kitchen, your office or you handbag!

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And the final offering from Bourbon is the Roannu ‘Uji’ Matcha Cookie. Each individually wrapped cookie is two biscuit layers with a central creamy and sweet Matcha layer. Each 148g packet contains 20 delicious cream biscuits. Perfect to enjoy with a steaming cup of green tea.

With Matcha originating in Japan, these biscuits are all authentic and contain genuine Matcha Powder (Green Tea).

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Our final Matcha Biscuit this week is from Country Ma’am, another Japanese biscuit brand produced by the Fujiyama Corporation. This is a parfait biscuit – perfect for adding to those sweet desserts, like Matcha ice cream, or vanilla for that matter! Why not chocolate? It’s a light refreshing Matcha parfait that adds a gentle crunch to any dessert. Each 147g packet carries 14 individually wrapped parfait biscuits. So good, so nice!

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Perhaps you may like to try a range of flavoursome and delicious milk drinks from Taiwan. Mango, Apple, Banana or Papaya. Each drink is sold in a 500ml can that is great for chilling and all contain real fruit juice in a milky base. Try one, try them all – they’re different but delicious.

Please come and make your selections in our store – 185 Russell St  – 7 days per week, open daily from 10am until 11pm. To find any item visit our website and look up the country of origin to discover the products store location here.

Or ask our friendly staff when you are stocking up on your weekly groceries.

Tang: The Asian Food Emporium – Melbourne’s best selection of Asian groceries. Shop with us – you’l feel like you’re home again.

Green Tea First Discovered in China

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According to legend, green tea was first brewed in 2737 BC during the reign of Emperor Shennong in China. The leaves of the camellia sinensis plant were simply steeped in hot water, it was tea in its most natural form.

The lower quality green tea is, the hotter the water and longer it should be steeped to get the right flavour taste, whereas higher quality teas are steeped at a cooler temperature and for a shorter time, often two or three quick steepings. Beware not to steep green tea too hot or too long as it will result in a bitter, astringent brew, due to it releasing an excessive amount of tannins. The teapot should also be warmed beforehand to avoid the tea cooling down. It is common practice for tea leaf to be left in the cup or pot and for hot water to be added as the tea is drunk until the flavour degrades.

Oolong and black tea were created much later than green tea, around the 1600s.  Black tea is a fermented version of green tea and Oolong is a semi fermented version.

The consumption of green tea began to spread through Asia, beginning with Japan, around 800AD. The Japanese contributed much to green tea by offering different variations on the tea leaves that are still enjoyed today.  Green tea became an integral part of Japanese culture with their famous tea ceremonies. This formalised presentation of tea drinking has become an art form in both Japan and China.
Tea spread through the world, with black tea being more popular in western countries, until recently when the fresh, invigorating taste of green tea has been discovered and embraced by western countries. Tang The Asian Food Emporium carry a great range of green teas, oolong tea and China black tea.

Exotic Beverages From TANG The Asian Food Ëmporium

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If you love your teas and coffees, juices and drinks of the more exotic variety then you will simply adore the selection available in the heart of Melbourne at TANG the Asian Food Emporium.  The range of instant beverages includes coffee sticks and sachets, powder teas, even cereal drinks and delectable teas like rose, ginger lemon or fairy peach green.  The grocery store/supermarket also has a great variety of bottled and canned drinks.

The range of coffees includes white coffee sticks and sachets in the Old Town and Aik Cheong brands, bottled coffee from DyDo and coffee cans in the Sangaria and Suntory Boss range, which include black, white, espresso, premium, café au lait, Columbian, latte and demitasse. The tea range is enormous – the delicious Tingyi range of bottled teas includes a Red Date flavoured drink and there is an exotic Rose Tea in the Uni President brand.  The Kirin brand range of bottled teas includes a refreshing Lemon Afternoon Tea and Mr. Kang Honey Grapefruit Tea.  Packaged teas include Green Tea Powder in the Yamama and Uji brands as well as a Special Gunpowder Green in the Camel brand, a China Green Tea and Jasmine tea from Global Procurement.  A refreshing Ginger drink and Ginger Lemon Tea are stocked in the Gold Kili brand. You will find your Chinese Teas, Formosan Teas and Oolong Teas in the Kambow, Global Procurement and Justmake Taiwan Tea brands.

Decorative jars of tea, suitable for gifts, are available from the Fujian Blue Lake range, they include Pi Lo Jasmine Tea, Fairy Peach Green Tea and High Mountain Oolong Tea.  Some exotic drinks in the bottled range include a Herb Chrysanthemum Drink, a Milkis Soda Beverage, a Ribbon Drink, Bikkle and Coconut Water With Jelly. More choices are Root Beer, Fanta, Grape Fanta and Coca Cola from the imported can range, Hey Song brand Sarsparilla, Aloe Vera Drinks and Juices.

Tempt your tastebuds and check out the full range of beverages at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne. Refer to the TANG website for more information.