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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Tracking Down Exotic Ingredients for My 'American Adobo' Dinner

Specialty ingredients for my 'American Adobo' Filipino dinner include Tamarind paste or powder, Jicama Root, Oyster Sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce, Patis, Cinnamon, Pastry Crust, Palm or Rice Vinegar, Coconut Milk, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Bay Leaf, Chorizo, and Hearts of Palm.

I already have cinnamon, a jar of chili garlic sauce, a bottle of oyster sauce, and a bottle of patis. Coconut milk is easy to find, as is sesame oil. I'd like to try to find some palm vinegar, but if it's not available locally, then rice wine vinegar, which I already have, is a recommended substitute. Fortunately, I feel confident that my favorite local Mexican grocery will serve me well for the tamarind, jicama, and chorizo, not to mention all the fresh fish and chicken. Rene recently bought a couple of small jicama roots at a Mexican market here in town and raved over how fresh and crunchy they were.

For those of you who wish to purchase any of the Asian specialty items I mentioned here, AsianFoodGrocer.com is an excellent online source.