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The Grocery Bill for My Scent of Green Papaya Dinner (in $U.S.)

The cost of the ingredients for my Scent of Green Papaya Vietnamese dinner are listed below. Keep in mind that the prices are based on buying everything new rather than using things that I already had in my pantry. Of course there were lots of things left over for future meals, so the actual cost of the dinner based on the quantities of the ingredients used to make the dishes will be much lower than the grand total of stocking a pantry from scratch for preparing Vietnamese cuisine.

Specialty Ingredients:`
Nuoc mam (Asian fish sauce) ? 3.49
Rice Paper Wrappers ? 1.99
Chinese 5-Spice Powder ? 1.79
Lemongrass - .99
Cellophane Noodles ? 1.69
Jasmine Rice ? 1.99
Tumeric - 2.79
Rice Wine Vinegar ? 3.49
Sesame Oil ? 2.99
Fish Broth ? 1.39

Fresh Ingredients:
Papayas (Green & Ripe) ?5.98
Limes ? 1.00
Ginger Root - .99
Red & Green Bell Peppers ? 1.49
Jalapeno Peppers - .29
Lettuce - .99
Bok Choy ? 1.99
Baby Greens ? 1.02
Cilantro - .49
Mint ? 1.25
Scallions - .89
Carrots - .49
Cucumber ? 1.79
Onions - .25
Shallot - .49
Garlic - .49
Mushrooms ? 2.19
Shrimp - 2.40
Firm White Fish ? 4.99
Pork Loin ? 2.80

Wines:
Sutter Home 2002 Gewurtztraminer 5.99
Beringer Chenin Blanc 4.00

Basics: (Sugar, Cooking Oil, Eggs, Flour, Soy Sauce) 2.00

Total: $64.33