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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!

 

 

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!

Jujube (Red Date) – The World’s First Fruit

Jujube or Red Date is native to China, Japan and much of South East Asia. The fruit grows on a small tree that is about 9 metres high. As the tree matures, it loses its thorny spines and its fragrant yellow flowers go on to form mature reddish brown oval fruits – the Jujube. At Tang: The Asian Food Emporium we stock a full range and variety of Jujube for your selection.

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The flavour is described as being like a combination of apples and chocolate. The fruit of the Jujube tree has been used for Chinese Medicine for well over 10,000 years. Poets extolling its virtues were recognised as early 600BC. It is considered curative for kidneys, lung and liver complaints. There are over 400 cultivars of this wonderful fruit.

Jujubes here in Australia are most commonly available in dried form.

Here are some of the packaged branded varieties stocked at Tang: The Asian Food Emporium.

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The ‘Hami Date’ is produced in ‘the western region’ by Datang or to give the company its full name ‘Xinjiang Datang in Western Region Agriculture Ecological Technology Co Ltd.’ Quite a mouthful but these Red Dates are delicious. These are graded as ‘No 1’ and will provide you with 400g of health delight. Look for the boy and the camel on the pack.

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Another popular variety is the Zhishen Xinjiang Jujube prepared by Zhanahua Kingman Food Ltd. Sold in packaging with a clear window, buyers can see the plump ripe dates ready to eat on offer. It is a clean well prepared product ready for use in soup or porridge – or just eat from the bag.

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Another popular Jujube is the Hetian variety or ‘Hetian Jade Variety’. This is a bigger date with a thicker skin, high in Vitamin C, this fruit is often called a ‘natural vitamin pill’ by those who regularly consume it.

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Again from Xinjiang Datang in Western Region Agriculture Ecological Technology Co Ltd and branded Hotan Jun Date, this is a ‘Grade 1’ date. Seeds are removed for your convenience. Again look for the boy and the camel on the pack. Each pack is 400g chock full of dates ready to eat.

At Tang we also stock Sour Jujube Preserves, Jujube Crisps and Winter Crispy Jujube.

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Sour Jujube Preserves are from the Haoxiangi Jujube Industry Co Ltd and have a delicious outer coating Look for the green packet branded Meirimiyue and enjoy this sweet delight. Each packet is 200g.

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From the same company enjoy Jujube Crisps. A great nutritious snack, try a packet (108g). Look for the pink packet with the picture of the crisps on the front with the young girl relaxing.

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Lastly from Three Squirrels we have Winter Crispy Jujube. Each pack of 180g is full of nutritious, healthy jujube goodness. This is another great snack to keep you going in your busy day.

The Jujube or Red Date has been described as the ‘World’s First Fruit’.

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When choosing a snack why not choose one that has recognised health benefits? From ancient times, jujube has been used in treating ailments, improving the skin, cleansing the blood, relieving stress, strengthening the immune system, protecting the liver, aiding in weight loss, stimulating restful sleep, increasing bone mineral density and detoxifying the body. That’s quite a list of achievements.

You can make your selection from Tang: The Asian Food Emporium located at 185 Russell St in Melbourne’s CBD.

Find our Jujube selections here in our store. Remember to ask our helpful staff for their advice and direction. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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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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.

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.