KZ Eats World

Over the past few weeks I've been plugging along cooking from Vegan Eats World trying all the bookmarked recipes and checking off wha...

Over the past few weeks I've been plugging along cooking from Vegan Eats World trying all the bookmarked recipes and checking off what I've made, a fun habit I've made of all my favorite cookbooks. Most of her recipes are super authentic and so require trips to international markets for ingredients like sauces, certain produce items, noodles and spices. I had shied away from some of these recipes in testing because I was intimidated by the long list of unfamiliar ingredients. But now, after realizing I have a giant asian market 5 minutes from my house, and also several great indian markets nearby as well, I decided to get adventurous and check out these nearby spots. 

The asian market was completely amazing. I found almost everything I needed there. I left with a very long receipt with many many bottles of soy sauces, vinegars, bags of spices, varieties of asian greens, and noodles of many sorts. I probably had close to 30 items... maybe more. The most expensive item I bought (organic green jasmine tea-- best thing ever) cost only $3.50! A ballin' haul, if I've ever carried one. A word on ingredient scavenger hunting: It is the most exciting thing for me. When I have written down something I need for a recipe to snag if I ever came across it, and search high and low for it, but then finally spy it, I pounce. It reminds me of a young monk in training, sitting in the lotus position, waiting until the time is right to catch a fly in his hand (he of course, lets the fly go, to give a happy vegan ending to my story). It's a strange way to get high on life, I know, but nothing quite excites me as much as when I know my pantry is incomplete and I have finally found the missing piece to complete it. Weird? Some of you must understand me.

The first thing I made was bao! These are pictured in her book and look pretty enticing. I've never had bao in a restaurant, nor at all, before making them. I was suprised to find that the fluffy bao dough is essentially pizza dough, which made me feel adequate enough to tackle it without hesitation. They were tasty, though I am adjusting to the anise flavor in five-spice powder, read- I don't like it. I'm trying to like it. Help me like it. These are filled with seitan and chinese-style barbecue sauce.

They look cute too.

I tackled the thai dishes in the book, Pad Kee Mao, Pad See Ew, and Pad Thai with avocado and spicy greens. This is Pad See Ew with rice noodles, as I did not find any fresh Ho Fun noodles. Are they like a China-town-only kind of find? Help me find them! My favorite of all the thai dishes was Pad Kee Mao, also called Drunken Noodles. I guess they call it that because it has like 5 required soy sauces. But that's okay, you already know how a complete pantry makes me happy. It was spicy and delicious, as thai food often is.

Not the best shot of my Pad Kee Mao.

Lately I have been super sick with a sinus infection and cold. As I write this, I am in bed, buried in a blanket with my green tea close by, surrounded by piles of tissues as high as the piles of gold you might find in an ancient temple you arrived at by magic carpet, a nose redder than fresno chiles, and nostrils as rough as elephant skin. Gross. So anyways, the only thing I wanted to eat was a curry from Terry's new book. The Pumpkin Coconut Curry, to be exact. Luckily, I had earlier made a haul from the Indian market which meant I had everything I needed to make this at my fingertips. Alongside, I made the Sri Lankan Coconut Roti, which, as I'm sure you have realized by now, rocked the house. 

Here's a portion of my successful haul from the Indian market. My favorite part of these trips are getting home and laying out all your new finds and admiring them in a nice and large accomplished pile. Once I am back to health, I will surely hit up the closest middle eastern market and make beautiful beautiful things happen with my amazing finds. P.S. Get Vegan Eats World if you haven't already!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE the asian market! It is such a fun experience to go there and see all the things that we are not accustomed to eating.

    1. I agree, plus they are usually gigantic, so it's sort of fun to roam the isles and picking up every other jar and figuring out what everything is.

  2. awesome post! I love food shopping/scavenging! hope you're feeling better.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad I'm not alone in my thrills. I am feeling better finally, thanks!