Asian food has its own flare of spicy, sweet and savory, in unique combinations that are distinctly Asian-infused, unmistakable in flavor. Quality Asian food is difficult to find outside of large cities or communities with Asian influence. The best way to experience Asian food in those cases, or when you want fresher and less expensive Asian cuisine than the restaurants can provide, is to make it yourself at home. It’s not hard. All you need are a few of the basic ingredients and tools.
Let’s look first at the basic foodstuff ingredients necessary for your pantry. The dry goods are easy to buy in advance and keep around. The perishable items can be purchased a few days to right before preparing an Asian meal. Spices and liquids can be kept in the pantry or refrigerator, but you’ll want to check the expiration dates to ensure they don’t go bad.