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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!

 

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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!

5 Famous Types of Delicious Japanese Noodles

Noodles are one of the staple foods in many cultures including Japan. A lot of Japanese dishes use noodles as the main ingredient, such as Ramen and Udon. Small shops, restaurants, and even food vendors during the festivals are filled with all kinds of noodles. So what are some of the most famous and tasty noodle dishes in Japan?

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Ramen

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Shoyu Ramen

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Miso Ramen

Ramen (ラーメン) is a noodle soup dish which comes from China. The noodles are made from wheat and are served in a bowl with some toppings, such as Chashu (Sliced pork), Menma (Bamboo shoots), soft-boiled eggs or some kind of seaweed. Soy sauce or miso is often used in the soup to make it even more delicious. There are several types of ramen, usually each region has its own ramen style.
The most popular types are:

  • Shoyu (醤油, Soy Sauce), with clear brown chicken broth and soy sauce soup. This ramen often uses meat as the topping, such as pork, beef or fish.
  • Miso (味噌, Soybean Paste), the ramen soup is flavored with soybean paste (miso) and oily chicken or fish broth intended to warm your body. This ramen is from Hokkaido, and is suitable to its cold weather.
  • Shio (塩, Salt) ramen features are light soup with clear broth. Usually, it uses chicken broth with a lot of salt. Meat is usually added as a topping, such as pork or beef, and narutomaki.
  • Tonkotsu (豚骨, Pork Bone), originated from Kyushu. The broth is cloudy white, made of pork bones which have been boiled until dissolved.

Udon

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Curry Udon

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Tempura Udon

Udon (うどん) is kind of Japanese noodles with thick texture made of wheat flour. Usually, they are served hot in a simple dish (Known as kake udon) or flavoured broth Kakejiru. Kakejiru is a blend of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. Some toppings are also added such as tempura, chopped scallions, and tofu. Each region has different way to served udon, cold regions such as Hokkaido often use more soy sauce and oily broth to keep the body warm.
The popular udons are:

  • Curry Udon, udon noodles combined with Japanese curry. This udon is most suitable for the winter.
  • Tempura Udon, usually served with hot broth and tempura as the topping.

Soba

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Soba

Soba (そば) noodles are made of buckwheat and are as thick as spaghetti. The dish can be served hot in noodle soup or cold with dipping sauce. Different from others noodles dishes that are sometimes seasonal only, Soba dishes are available throughout the year because buckwheat can be harvested four times a year. Soba is popular in all regions of Japan and can be easily found in many small shops and restaurants. Soba noodles are also available in dried form in supermarkets, or in online stores.

Yakisoba

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Yakisoba vendor at a festival

Yakisoba (焼きそば) is also made of buckwheat. It originated in China and became popular in Japan. Yakisoba noodles are served grilled or fried mixed with meat, vegetables, and garnished with red ginger. This noodle dish can be easily found during any Japanese festival.

Somen

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Somen

Somen noodles are made of white flour. They are thinner than Udon and Soba. Sōmen are usually served cold with tsuyu (Dipping sauce). During summer, sōmen are chilled and eaten on the hot day to stay cool.
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Nagashi Somen

There is a unique tradition in Japan associated with somen. “Nagashi Somen”, or act of catching somen noodles that are flowing in the water through bamboo gutter with chopsticks, and dipping them into cool broth before eating.

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Tang: The Asian Food Emporium has an extensive range of noodle varieties from Japan and all across Asia. Come into the store at 185 Russell St and browse our range today!

For a quick meal, try our Instant Hotpots!

Cold nights, it’s dark early – what to do? Let’s do a hot pot or if we have time a Steamboat! This week we look at some of our favourite hot pots from China, Karaage mixes from Japan – Karaage is delicious fried chicken and a real favourite. For those on the go, looking for a quick but delicious meal we present 5 pre-prepared hot pots also from China. Simply add hot water, wait a while then eat.

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Karaage

There are 3 main Hotpot prepared packets from China. In the red packet, we have an instant vegetable hot pot from Ottovo Distributors. The vegetable sachet includes Cabbage, Bamboo Shoots, Bracken, Scallion and Bok Choy. The sauce is hot with chilli, ginger and other spices with a soy bean oil base.

Then we have two delicious varieties of hot pot from Scyumei. One is Sichuan with a spicy flavour. It has chilli, sichuan pepper, ginger and spices with sweet potato noodles. Vegetables include Konjac, Potato, Lotus, Bamboo Shoots, Enoki Mushrooms and Black Fungus. It provides a serving for one. The second variety has a mushroom flavouring and is also made by Scyumei. With similar vegetables it has a different sauce with a stronger mushroom flavouring.

We offer two Karaage coatings, one garlic based and the other plain. But in reality there is nothing plain about these mixes with ginger, onion, red pepper and soy. The perfect batter for your Karaage Chicken. These come from the Nisshin Salfun Company of Japan. Each packet will serve two people.

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Last but not least we feature our popular instant Hot Pots from Ottovo Distributers. These are pre-prepared for one and there are four different varieties. One is the cold mixing Hotpot. This simply means with its oil content it’s easier to bring this one to the boil from a cold start. The second one is an Instant Vegetable Hotpot. With a similar range of vegetables, it’s a little milder chilli and does not contain noodles. Then we have a Hotpot with sweet potato noodles from the New World Distributors. This one features mushrooms and black fungus. These are convenience meals, and it really is just add hot water, wait a little while, then eat and enjoy.

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And please make sure you try this delicious citrus based sauce from Japan. Known as Tokusen Dai Dai Aji Ponsu, it’s both tangy, salty and sweet with orange juice, soy sauce, Shitake Mushroom, Bonito Tuna, Sake and Alcohol Vinegar. It adds real tang to all your favourite Japanese delights.

Look for these products and more here on our website – choose the country or category.

And please feel free to come into 185 Russell Street in the CBD – and ask our friendly staff to recommend the right products to suit your tastes.

For the widest choice of Asian groceries always shop at Tang – The Asian Food Emporium.

Winter is Coming. Warm up with Hot Pots and Soups!

It’s starting to get cold and wet, so it’s time to warm up with Soup, Noodles and Hot Pot. This week we feature some of our most popular products – from China, Korea and Japan, as well as some delicious new treats from Malaysia.

From the Samyang Food Company and the Nongshim Company of Seoul in Korea we have their exciting and ever popular Ramen dishes.

Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen with the spicy hot rating of 2x are a delicious, easy to make instant noodle dish – ramen style.

Black pepper, chilli peppers, this dish has the highest ‘Shu’ rating of all the Samyang Instant Ramen products. It crashes in at ‘8706 Shu’. Shu is the Scoville scale measurement of chilli heat in any product – Hey this is Hot, Hot, Hot – Can you feel the heat??

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From the Nongshim Company we have Budae Jjigae Noodle Soup, Korean Spicy Flavour with Real Kimchi. 4 serves of 127g per pack, this is a truly delicious and popular Korean noodle soup snack. Easy to prepare, just add the contents to 500ml of boiling water, cook for 4 1/2 minutes, stir well and serve. So yummy!

So its time for Hot Pot? You will need the perfect paste, and we have it here. Very popular from China we have two delicious hot pot pastes from the Chengdu Shu Cui Fang Food Company.

In the Red package we have the more liquid, oil based paste, a much hotter and spicy paste. In the Orange package, a more solid, less spicy variety. You choose. Ask our staff to guide you and help you find the right hot pot paste to suit your taste, and the dish you are preparing.

And from Japan we have two more Noodle Soup favourites. The Fujiyama Corporation offers both Umamidashi Shio and Kooumi Maro Miso soups. Both are ever popular and come ready to microwave in their containers. Add shallots, tofu or your favourite protein – prawn, chicken or pork. Many people prefer the soups just as they are.

Finish your meal with sweet cakes from Fujiyama Corporation. Try the very popular Kuri Iri Dorayaki – flavoured with Red Bean and Chestnuts, or maybe you might prefer Azuki Dorayaki – flavoured with Japan’s signature Red Azuki Beans. With 5 per pack there are enough to share. But when you bite into the cake and taste these delicious centres – you may want to keep them all for yourself.

Right now it is springtime in Japan and the Cherry Blossom or Sakura has just finished flowering. And just in time Tang: The Asian Food Emporium has listed a new and delightful Tea from Japan.

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Sweet Sakura Tea is perfect to sip whilst enjoying sweet cakes. A traditional black (or fermented) tea, it is infused with Cherry Blossoms and leaves. Produced by the Green Tea Company of Japan, you simply must try it. Sweet Sakura Tea, it comes 10 tea bags to the pack – enough for you and your guests, or family.

And last but definitely not least of all our latest additions to the Malaysian food selection, we are very excited to offer THREE of the very popular Nyonya Sauces – the flavour, the taste of Malacca.

From Heng’s we have Malacca Nyonya Sauce, the traditional authentic Nyonya Flavour of Malacca, Nyonya Rendang, a dry curry sauce and Nyonya Chicken Curry Sauce are classic sauces all made by Heng’s. All are free of MSG or Artificial Colouring. Each sauce pack serves up to 5 people. So try one soon, try them all! You’ll definitely come back for more. And for any of these products please check our website for the in store location.

So keep warm – with Hot Pots, Soup and and warming Teas and Sweet Cakes. Come into our store at 185 Russell St, 7 days a week from 10am until 11pm every day and choose from our huge selection of products. There is always something new and we never run out of all your old favourites. Till next week stay warm and dry.