Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Shopping for Fresh Ingredients

Today I went shopping for all my fresh ingredients. I called around ahead of time and found the only grocery store in town that carries commercially prepared kimchi. I want to make up a fresh batch myself, and serve the packaged version next to it for comparison. I also bough an array of fresh vegetables: daikon radish, napa cabbage, bok choy, carrots, baby greens, fresh mint, garlic, red onion, scallions, zucchini, and mushrooms. For the mixed grill meats, I chose boneless pork loin chops, a sirloin strip steak, chicken breasts, and prawns. At the last minute, I opted against lamb chops, because they just didn't seem appropriate for Korean food...and they were $10 per pound, with the bone. I think we'll all be happy with the meats I've chosen. I didn't like the look of any of the fresh fruits, so I didn't buy any. I'll have to shop for that tomorrow. And besides, I still have to buy beverages to go with the dinner. When I went to check out, the clerk commented that I must be making something really exotic, so I told her all about my Korean Dinner & a Movie project.