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Which special ingredients do you buy at the International District?

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Which special ingredients do you buy at the International District?

ethnicchower | Nov 3, 2011 02:35 AM

I love going to the ID, buying some ingredient that I can't find in other stores (or that is better there than in other stores), and cooking something with it at home.

For those of you that make a trip to the ID to get a special ingredient, what do you get and what do you cook with it?

I'll start by sharing some of my favorites (some of these are based on excellent recommendations from Chowhound, so thank you!):

* Char siu from Kau Kau - Part of it we just eat as is while it's warm because it's so good. The part that we can manage to bring home, we like making Chinese steamed BBQ pork buns.

* Ho fan noodles from Hau Hau - Really, lots of stores sell these, in the ID. We like to get them at Hau Hau because it's just fun to go there. We like making beef and broccolli chow fun.

* Fresh tofu from Northwest Tofu - Sadly, I am no longer able to eat the supermarket stuff anymore, since I have become aquainted with the real thing. We like making red cooked tofu, or simply eating it as is with some soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions, sesame seeds, or whatever other Chinese-style ingredients we have on hand.

OK, now it's your turn :)

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