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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Shopping for Fresh Ingredients & a Tally of the Cost of My Dim Sum Dinner

I went shopping for the ingredients for my 'Road Home' dim sum dinner. As always, I got lucky at my favorite Mexican market, the one with the little in-house butcher counter. There I was able to buy shrimp, boneless skinless chicken breasts, pork spare ribs, and ground pork, all as fresh as can be and at unbelievably economical prices. The rest of my ingredients I bought at my favorite upscale grocer, where they also have a fresh meat and seafood counter. There I found scallops, tilapia fish filets, and duck legs, along with all my fresh vegetables and the wrappers for dumplings and spring rolls.

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

The cost of the ingredients for my dim sum 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 dim sum.

Specialty Ingredients:

White Pepper - .99
Nori - 2.49
Panko - 1.99
Rice Wine - 1.99
Rice Wine Vinegar
Wonton Wrappers - 1.69
Spring Roll Wrappers - 1.69
Sesame Oil- 1.99
Water Chestnuts - .99
Soy Sauce - 2.49
Chinese Black Mushrooms - 2.49
Oyster Sauce - 2.99
Nam Pla - 2.99
Hoisin - 3.49
Chinese Mustard - .99
Plum Wine - 5.99
TsingTao Beer - 7.04

Fresh Ingredients:

Shrimp - 9.98
Scallops - 2.00
Pork Ribs-4.35
Chicken Breasts-3.57
Duck - 4.35
Bacon - 2.49
Ground Pork - 2.75
Green Onion - 1.77
Ginger Root - .54
White Bread - 2.69
Napa Cabbage - 1.02
Garlic - 1.15
Red Bell Pepper - 2.00
Green Bell Pepper - .52
Celery - 1.29
Carrots - 1.39

Basics:

Eggs - 2.19
Flour - 2.49
Cornstarch - 1.49
Vegetable Oil - 2.49
Sugar - 1.99
Brown Sugar - 1.49

Total - $96.29 (US)