Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

A Tally of the Cost of Dinner (in U.S.$)

The cost of the ingredients for my 301/302 Korean dinner are listed below. Keep in mind that the prices are based on buying everything new rather than using ingredients 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 Korean cuisine.

Specialty Ingredients:

Chili Paste - 1.69
Panko bread crumbs - 2.99
Fish sauce - 3.49
Sesame oil - 1.99
Rice wine vinegar - 2.29
Mirin - 3.79
Sake - 6.99
Beer - 7.99
Soy sauce - 2.99
Turmeric - 3.99

Fresh Ingredients:

Large Prawns - 3.49
Beef sirloin - 4.72
Pork loin chops - 4.29
Chicken breasts - 1.99
Cucumbers - 1.98
Scallions - .69
Carrots - .52
Bell pepper -.62
Zucchini - .39
Mushrooms - 1.39
Ginger root - 1.23
Daikon radish - .55
Garlic - .64
Sesame Seeds - .99
Pear - .59
Lettuce & Baby Greens - 4.28
Napa cabbage - 1.01
Mint - 1.39
Bok choy - 1.14

Basics:

Flour - 1.89
Eggs - 1.79
Oil -.2.49
Sugar - 1.19
Brown sugar - 1.99

Total: $79.45