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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.


Korean Kimchi Is Healthy and Popular


Changdeok Palace, Seoul.

Changdeok Palace, Seoul.

Asian diets and particularly the Korean diet are generally considered a healthy alternative to many traditional western diets, with the strong focus on vegetables, fresh foods and fish. In particular, the Korean diet is low fat, high fibre, keeping obesity at bay in Korea. Fortunately for Melburnians they can enjoy the same benefits,  finding authentic Korean ingredients at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street.  As interest grows in cooking Korean dishes at home Melburnians will find all they need at this popular Asian grocery store/supermarket.

Kimchi is an essential part of the Korean diet, being served at every meal. It is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. Digestion is greatly assisted by this good bacteria, having wide ranging health benefits, including the prevention of yeast infections, according to recent studies. Other recent studies have shown that weight is determined by the amount of good bacteria in the gut, the more bacteria the less chance of obesity.

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage (and sometimes radish) dish, made with a mix of salt, vinegar, garlic, chilli, onions and other spices.  Kimchi can be served as a side dish or mixed in with rice or noodles, in soups, pancakes, scrambled eggs, wraps, stews, basically with anything! Maeve O’Meara, who introduced the Korean cuisine to Australians, says “Koreans say they just don’t feel right without their daily serve of Kimchi.”  Australians who try it tend to agree. It has become a big hit in Australia, with more and more people trying it and loving its taste and health benefits.  Ingredients to make Kimchi can be found at TANG, as can ready made versions.

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.

Weird Japanese Snacks Can Be Found in Melbourne’s CBD

When it comes to weird food combos and strange imagery on packaging it’s hard to go past some of the more “out there” Japanese snacks. For your next party or gathering be sure to grab some of these, they’ll make a great talking point!  TANG The Asian Food Emporium have a massive selection of Japanese groceries and snacks and we present a few of the weirder snacks, fun snacks and cute snacks.


If you like your packaging bright, colourful and full on you have to try this fella from Bourbon Products: Kikori No Kiri Baku biscuit.

And his cousin, Everyburger biscuit. Haha, ofcourse you want a biscuit burger in between having the real thing! And for a complete change of flavour how about the Tiyoda Syokuhin Co. Fish Sausage?


What about vegetable flavour candy? Ofcouse there’s lots of other gummy candy flavours from Kasugi Kiui, like pineapple, mango, kiwifruit and grape but you haven’t lived til you try vegetable!
Apart from strange taste ideas and startling imagery, there’s the cute packaging that kids love, and the girls too ……

Check out  Lion Kuma Kara candy, ooooh he’s so gorgeous!  And so cuuuute Kanro Boyaki Penguin candy!

For fun packaging you can’t go past the Tohato Pocket Monsters snacks,Strawberry Choco Pea and Pokemon.

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You like your snacks hot?  Try Noriton Wasabi IMG_3198-jft--noriten-wasabi--snacksnack, dare you!

Call in to TANG The Asian Food Emporium on your way home from work or uni, it’s conveniently located in the CBD at 185 Russell Street and open until 11pm every night of the year.  You will find a great range of food and ingredients from China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

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.

Korean Topokki, Pajun and tasty noodles

Korean Topokki

Topokki or tteokbokki is a popular dish sold on the streets of Korea. The delicious salty, spicy, sweet sauce makes it an addictive dish so loved by natives of Korea and visitors alike. The cylinder shaped white rice cake are covered in hot, spicy sauce, sold at TANG The Asian Food Emporium as Hot Pepper Sauce for Topokki. Ramen, dumplings, boiled eggs and seafood are often added to the dish.

If you want to eat Korean cuisine but you want something quick and easy you’ll love the tastes of the Korean instant noodles stocked at TANG the Asian Food Emporium. The Nangshim range have delicious flavours like Korean Clay Pot Ramyun, Big Bowl Udon flavour or Kimchi flavour, Potato Noodle Soup, Oriental Style Noodle Seafood flavoured soup and also  the most convenient fast meal of all – the cup noodles range. The Paldo range are just as tasty with Oriental Style Noodle Hot & Spicy, King Noodle Beef with Vegetables, Chajong Noodle and Gomtang Oriental Style Noodles with Soup Base.

Another Korean dish that is super easy to make are Korean pancakes or pajun (pajeun), which can be filled with mixed vegetables, green olives or seafood.  They are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, served with soy sauce and sesame seeds and kids love them. The Ottoga Korean Pancake Mix at TANG makes it even easier.

So call into TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street, Melbourne, open 10am to 11pm every day of the year, to find a mouth-watering selection of Korean groceries, drinks and snacks.

Korean Bibim Naengmyeon Cold Noodle Dish

Korean naengmyeon noodles

Korean naengmyeon noodles

Korean Naengmyeon noodles are similar to Japanese soba noodles in that they are both made with buckwheat flour. But the Korean naengmyeon noodles also have wheat flour added, and more of the sweet potato starch, creating a chewier texture and these noodles won’t break as easily. The colour of the noodles can also vary, depending on the type of buckwheat flour that is used to make them. TANG The Asian Food Emporium in Russell Street Melbourne stock Naengmyeon noodles and many of the popular ingredients used for tasty Korean dishes.

Here is a great recipe for Bibim Naengmyeon, a cold noodle dish with spicy sauce.

Packet Naengmyeon noodles
1 Asian cucumber
½ radish
4 boiled eggs
Spicy Sauce Ingredients:
3 slices Pineapple (either fresh or canned)
½ Apple.
½ Onion
1 clove Garlic
¼ cup White Vinegar
¼ cup Soy sauce
3 tasblespoons Honey
2 tablespoons Sesame oil
1/3 cup Brown sugar
1 cup Chili flakes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or Korean mustard)
½ teaspoons Powdered ginger
1 tablespoons Toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon salt

Pick up your ingredients at TANG The Asian Food Emporium and get cooking this delicious Korean dish.

Mix 1/2 cup water with 1/4 cup soy sauce. Bring to a quick boil. Set aside to cool. Then dice apple, onion, garlic and pineapple. Blend together in a blender until velvety smooth, add water or pineapple juice if needed to help blend.
Add fruit mixture to soy sauce in pot plus chili flakes, sugar, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, powdered ginger and Dijon mustard. Mix well, adding water or pineapple juice for desired consistency. Add toasted sesame seeds. Transfer sauce to a container to chill in the fridge for at least three hours up to two days for best taste. (The sauce can last in the fridge for a few months).

Topping for noodle dish:
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
Boiled eggs

Peel radish and cut into very, very thin slices 2 inches long. Mix salt, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and add radish, set aside for 30 minutes (you will have pickled radish!). Rinse with water and squeeze out gently. Set aside.

Adding egg to Korean cold noodleCut a cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds in the centre with a spoon. Cut diagonally very thinly. Set aside.
Add the noodles to boiling water and cook for four minutes, stirring often so they don’t stick together. Rinse in cold water until you don’t see the starchy water. Place noodles in a large bowl, add 2-3 tablespoons of the spicy sauce. Top with the pickled radish and the sliced cucumber. Then add half a sliced boiled egg.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.