About the Fresh Ingredients
The fresh ingredients for my 'Eat Drink Man Woman' dinner are quite common, so there's no need to go traipsing all over town in search of some esoteric item that we country mice have never seen or heard of. They include Ginger Root, Onion, Scalliions, Tofu, Whole White Fish, Shrimp, Garlic, Ham, Bok Choy, Celery, Basil, Parsley or Cilantro, Pineapple, Green Peas, Mushrooms, and Carrots. All inexpensive and readily available at my local market.
Of course, I like to shop as close to the day of the dinner as possible to ensure that they will be poppin' fresh when I use them to cook all those tasty Taiwan recipes. I usually try to do it the day before the dinner so I can prepare some elements of the dinner the night before. I find that if I get a head start on the eve of the dinner, the following day, I'm much more relaxed and organized, and a lot less overwhelmed by the thousand tasks it takes to produce an elaborate Asian meal.