My sister Hyun Jeong and her husband have been teaching me a lot, and it's been fun. One edible lesson? Steamed buns and black bean chili oil. Whaaaaat.
First of all, I've eaten steamed buns, so that's really not like really earth shattering.
BUT. This chili oil? It's life changing. LIFE CHANGING!
For the record, I don't like beans. But, this doesn't taste bean-y. It just tastes like wonderful hot, spicy goodness. I don't know who this dude is on the bottle, but I feel like giving him a hug. Susan Siman now loves the oil, too! We're both addicted!
I use it for dumplings and rice. Just a little tablespoon on the side will do. Also, it's a good vegan option.
ALSO, if you live near Madison, you really have to go shopping at some of the Asian markets. My sister's fave is Asian Midway Foods because she loves the produce and the prices. She says the prices are more similar to prices in China. I had been shopping at another Asian market but was really blown away by the great deals we found there!
For example: NO offense to HYVEE (because I love that place), but 6 stalks of baby bok choy cost me at least $7 HyVee. At the Asian market? $1.50. How about 79-cents for water chestnuts! I just paid about $1.25 at World Market. $2.50 for 5 lbs. of rice? Good lord, they're giving food away.
Anyway, check it out and take a lesson or two from Hyun Jeong! She is really a good big sis!