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"Favourite Recipes of Hawaii Filipinos" Part 2 of many, I hope [20140621|23:45]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've been through the ingredients of all of the recipes and listed items I need to source that are either not easily found in British supermarket chain shops, or can be found there but are stupidly expensive for small quantities. Now I'm trying to break them down into categories. These are:

  • Type 1: Items that will be relatively easy to acquire and store
  • Type 2: Items that will be relatively easy to acquire but are perishable
  • Type 3: Items that I'm uncertain about the ease of acquiring
  • Type 4: Items for which I will almost certainly have to find a substitute

I plan to do a reccy in Birmingham at the Wing Yip superstore (tomorrow, if I'm not feeling too ill, otherwise after the Royal Society exhibition). I'll acquire as many items as I can store to have on hand, and determine what can be obtained when I need it to make a particular recipe. If anyone has input on either acquisition of or good substitution for Types 3 and 4 in the UK, that would be most helpful. Thank you! I quickly Googled all of them but didn't come up with anything.

Type 1
  • Achuete seeds. I think these are also called "annatto seeds".
  • Rice vinegar. Like shoyu, can be purchased in chain shops but prices are almost always stupidly high for small quantities. Much better to buy in Asian shops. Same goes for many things in the Type 1 list.
  • Mochi rice
  • Mochi rice flour
  • Banana blossom (tinned/bottled)
  • Mongo (mung bean seeds)
  • Patis (clear fish sauce)
  • Dried lily flower
  • Bagoong (salted/fermented fish and/or shrimp paste)
  • Langka (jackfruit; tinned not fresh sadly)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ground peanuts
  • Flaked coconut
  • Bottled pimientos

Type 2
  • Pig's feet
  • Banana leaves
  • Lumpia wrappers
  • Ube (purple yam)
  • Kamote (sweet potato leaves)
  • Papaya (both green and ripe)

Type 3
  • Ampalaya (bitter melon and bitter melon leaves)
  • Pirurutung (dark purple rice)
  • Guayabano (soursop; I think you can only get the juice here)
  • Bihon (rice sticks)
  • Kaong (sugar palm)
  • Tabungao (white squash)
  • Kamias (small oblong green tart fruit)
  • Kangkong (swamp cabbage; seems to be possible to grow it in the UK!)

Type 4
  • Bangus (milkfish)
  • Katuday flowers (from the Sesbania tree)
  • Chayote shoots
  • Malunggay leaves

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[User Picture]From: attimes_bracing
2014-06-22 07:03 (UTC)
I don't know how practical this is but the old Bull ring in door market (a well kept secret) has at least 5 little shops with oriental and caribbean specialities. It's distinctly low rent but it's worth a visit. It is the only place to find individual butchers and fishmongers in the middle of Brum and it is not well advertised. They are open 9-5.30 6 days a week but I'd try to get there before 1600 in case anyone packs up early.


Ooh - I remember drinking Soursop in Cambodia - I think I liked it. Well I remember thinking that next to Bubble Tea is was nectar from the gods but that's not hard!

Edited at 2014-06-22 07:08 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-07-01 10:40 (UTC)
Yes! Thank you for reminding me of the old Bullring market. I have been in there, but after a huge sushi lunch and not while planning a meal so didn't buy anything.
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