Find the special ingredients for the foods that you love
Whether you’re an immigrant looking to cook traditional foods or an American with exotic taste buds; ethnic grocers are sure to fill the need. Many of the large commercial supermarkets will have 75% of what you need to conjure up wonderful ethnic dishes. However, it’s the specialty items that are needed to give your dish the authenticity you crave and in some cases grew up loving.
Different cultures have different specialties and thus, shopping for ethnic foods requires some patience, specifically for unique spices. Whether you need Chinese black vinegar for your Asian cuisine or Dion Dion (dried mushrooms) for Haitian rice w/green peas; finding a grocer is now becoming easier.
The online Atlanta Yellow Pages provide ease of access to the tens of ethnic grocers located in and around the city. This useful website also has a rating system and consumer reviews, to help you in making shopping decisions.
Consider the African Asian International Markets located in Athens, GA. It provides specialty food and deli meats. Its target market is Jamaican, African and Asian food shoppers. With just a few clicks on its yellow page link you will get its operating hours, driving directions and consumer reviews. You can also email the page link to a friend or share it on your social network.
The local Farmers Market is always a great place to find meats and spices for your ethnic dishes. These one-stop popular shopping markets are easy to find on the Yellow Pages.
However, you’re not limited to the online yellow pages. The proliferation of web users has created competition for sources of on line information. The ethnic community has benefited by having more ways to connect to the things that interest them. Popular search engines like Yahoo local or Google local remain great links to finding ethnic based businesses.
No matter where you live, a few clicks on the web will connect you to an ethnic grocer. That’s one step closer to your dishes having the authentic taste that you love.
In honor of the Haitian people, try this Haitian dinner: Griot w/Red Beans & Rice (picklis optional)
Rice with red beans
2 cups of long grain rice
1 cup of red kidney beans
1 finely chopped onion
1 chopped hot green pepper
1/4 cup salt pork or bacon cut into small cubes
1 tbsp of butter
2 chopped cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook the beans in 4 cups of water for 2 hours or until tender in a medium pot
2. Drain the beans but keep the water which will be used to cook the rice
3. Fry the salt pork or bacon until crisp (use oil if needed)
4. Add the onion, garlic, and green pepper
5. Add the beans along with salt and pepper to taste
6. Add the water used to cook the beans and bring to a boil
7. Add the rice and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Griot (Fried Pork Cubes)
2 pounds pork, cut in cubes
1 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup water
pinch of thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Put all ingredients in bowl and allow to marinate a few hours. Drain. Heat some oil, brown meat, then add marinade and simmer over low heat 30 minutes covered. Remove lid and increase heat to eliminate any liquid. Serve hot.
Picklis (side item, sprinkle on top of meat and/or rice)
6 Scotch bonnet peppers
2 cups thinly sliced or shredded cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced or shredded carrots
1/4 cup thinly sliced or shredded onions
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon salt
8 to 10 peppercorns (optional)
3 cups vinegar
1. Snip off the stem of the peppers, cut each into 4 pieces, and keep the seeds. Place hot peppers, cabbage, carrots, onion, cloves, salt, and peppercorn in a quart size jar. Then add vinegar.
2. Close jar tightly and let sit at least 24-48 hours before serving.
3. Serve with meat or fish
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