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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.

Get It Right with Sticky Rice

mango-sticky-rice-4Sticky rice is a glutinous rice that is grown mainly in Southeast and East Asia. It has opaque grains, a very low amylose content and is especially sticky when cooked.  It is recommended that you use Thai sweet rice when cooking to get that true sticky rice texture, rather than Jasmine rice because the grains don’t hold together as well. Sticky rice is often found in Thai and Indonesian dishes, it is sticky to the touch and can be easily rolled into balls.  A great place in Melbourne to source your Asian ingredients is at TANG The Asian Food Emporium.

How To Make Sticky Rice:
Take 1 cup of raw rice and add 1-1/2 cups of water, this will make enough rice for two servings.  Add ½-1 cup of extra water per extra cup of rice.
Soak between four hours and overnight. Drain well through a colander.
Steam the rice in a Thai bamboo rice basket or a wire mesh rack over a steamer.
Wrap the rice in muslin, and steam on one side for 10-15 minutes, then turn over and cook the other side for another 10-15 minutes.
Be careful to not overcook the rice, or it will become mushy. It should be a sticky texture, not watery, and hold together well when cooked. Test the consistency of the rice after 10 minutes and cook for a few more minutes before testing again. When it is sticky to the fingers and will roll into a ball it is ready.
Take the rice off the heat and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
Be careful as the cooked rice is very hot.

Serving Suggestions:
You can simply roll into rice balls and serve with a dipping sauce, soy or chilli are good.
Mould into a serving bowl then upend on the plate.
Serve in a small bowl per person.

Enjoy!  Authentic Asian food ingredients can be found at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne.

Authentic Asian Culinary Ingredients Imported To Melbourne by Mr. & Mrs. Tang

Elisa Tang serving a customer

Elisa Tang serving a customer

Mr & Mrs.Tang, the owners of TANG The Asian Food Emporium both came originally from the former Portuguese Chinese colony, Macau. Sio Tang’s family was involved in supplying specialty timbers, rosewood and exotics to the shipwright industry in Macau. The 400 year old port had long been linked to the sea with local families involved in fishing or shipbuilding. There were nearly 10,000 fishermen and more than 30 enormous shipyards dotted across the tiny territory. The Tangs immigrated to Melbourne in 1987 just before the collapse of the ship building industry in Macau in the 1990’s.

The beautiful, handcrafted wooden ships couldn’t compete against the more efficiently manufactured metal boats from mainland China. The waters were also becoming polluted as China’s Zhujian Delta began to develop, adversely affecting Macau’s fishing industry.

Elisa’s family ran a very successful Asian Grocery store in Macau and she had family in Melbourne who ran a wholesale Asian food importing business. Her experience and connections provided them with the basis to set up their own Asian grocery business in Melbourne. The rest, they say, is history as their stores have grown in size providing the Tangs with the space to expand their range and variety of Asian groceries. With the purchase of their present premises and expansion into the next store building they are able to bring you the best selection of Asian groceries and produce in Melbourne. Call in to experience the taste sensations of authentic culinary ingredients from Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne.

Chinese Festive Golden Chicken Using Authentic Ingredients

TANG The Asian Food Emporium

TANG The Asian Food Emporium

You might have noticed that as Autumn days are getting shorter with cooler nights you are starting to crave warming food. A dish you are sure to enjoy is Festive Golden Chicken, made with Chinese Five Spice.  This delicious Chinese meal will warm you up and delight your taste buds at the same time!  Quality, authentic ingredients for Chinese cooking can be found at TANG The Asian Food Emporium, a well-stocked store with a fantastic range of Asian groceries. Situated right in the heart of Melbourne at 185 Russell Street this grocer/supermarket is popular with lovers of Chinese food in Melbourne.  You will love the difference authentic ingredients make to this tasty Chinese dish.

8 chicken thighs and wings with skin left on
3 spring onions, shredded
Marinade Ingredients:
4 tbsp groundnut oil or peanut oil
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 tbsp Shaohsing Rice Wine
4 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp Chinese Five Spice

Place chicken in a dish, then whisk Marinade ingredients and coat the chicken with the Marinade. Cover chicken and chill in fridge for between 20 minutes up to a day.
Heat oven to 180C. Put marinated chicken in a roasting pan and roast in the oven for 40 minutes. Spoon remaining Marinade left in the dish over the chicken and roast for another 30 minutes, until sticky and golden.
When serving sprinkle with spring onions.

When you visit TANG The Asian Food Emporium you will be inspired to cook scrumptious Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese cuisine when you see and smell the array of  authentic ingredients  directly from country of origin.

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.