Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

A Tally of the Cost of Dinner

The cost of the ingredients for my 'Eat Drink Man Woman' Taiwanese 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 Taiwanese cuisine.

Specialty Ingredients:

Chinese 5-Spice Powder - 1.79
Sesame Oil - 1.99
Dried Shitake Mushrooms - 2.49
Bamboo Shoots - .99
Water Chestnuts - .99
Rice Wine - 3.79
Rice Wine Vinegar - 2.29
Chili Paste - 1.69
Panko Bread Crumbs - 2.99
Tsingtao Beer - $6.99

Fresh Ingredients:

Ginger Root - .93
Onion - 1.01
Scalliions - .59
Whole White Fish - 1.76
Shrimp (2 lbs) - 9.96
Garlic - .56
Ham - 1.29
Bok Choy - 1.19
Celery - 1.29
Pineapple - 1.00
Green Peas - 1.79
Carrots - .56

Basics:

White Vinegar - 1.19
Soy Sauce - 2.99
Cooking Oil - 2.49
Corn Starch - .99
Eggs - 1.79
Sugar-1.19
Rice - 1.99

Total - $60.56 U.S.