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Sunday, 31 August 2008

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liver

how similar does it taste to zajian mien sauce?

RONW

undoubtedly, the Chinese still believe they're the ones that invented spaghetti.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

teehee... I like this post! =)

Kirk

Hi Liver - Much, much more 5 spice flavor than za jiang mein...which is not among my favorite things in the world....no pork in the, though I guess you could mix it in.

Hi RONW - Without a doubt....

Hi TS - Never let it be said that I don't do requests....

Scottsdale

Sounds good I will have to try this my next trip to the Chinese market.

Carol

What? The Chinese didn't invent spaghetti? Get outta here! ;-)

Wow, for some reason, looking at it and reading how it tastes gave me deja vu. Maybe I've had this at some point in my life. I'll have to make a mental note to get a bottle.

As for za jiang mein, Kirk, you might like the version I make (Mom's recipe) because it only uses miso paste, ground beef (or pork), onions, scallion, and maybe some garlic. Simple but utterly delicious. Oh yeah, and some julienned cucumber.

fatty

Stupid question, but what type of dog is Sammy & Frankie? I see alot of people with the same type of dog but I couldn't quite figure out what they are :). Thanks.

Kirk

Hi Scottsdale - Let me know how you like it. Warning though, it's very Chinese.....

Hi Carol - Thanks for the recipe...

Hi Fatty - That's not a stupid question! I'm touched that you would ask. Da' Boyz are both mutts! Sammy is half schnauzer, half poodle (yep, he's Sammy the Schnoodle). Frankie is half Schnauzer, half Bichon (I dunno this one...Schnauzon, perhaps?). Thanks so much for asking, you made my day!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js

LOL.

I think this might be similar to what we call "meat paste," which my brother gobbled up like crazy when he was a kid.

Which means, I'll have to try looking for this.

elmomonster

I love this post. You and the Missus are so funny together!

foodhoe

sounds intriguing... so there is no meat in the sauce? what's the shelf life, similar to bottled pasta sauce, or more like chinese condiments?

Kirk

Hi JS - "Meat paste"...with no meat....lovely...lot's of "Kawfu" in this.

Hi Elmo - We do have a lot of fun!

Hi FH - No meat, I don't know what the shelf life is....due to quick consumption, it never lasts long at home. But I'm assuming it is pretty long.

Win-D.C.

Thanks for this post, Kirk. I love how your blog is so "varied" in its topics.

In regards to this one, I suddenly had a weird flashback where I was almost positive I had encountered this "spaghetti sauce" during my many Asian grocery trips but had shelved the idea of "trying it for next time" long ago. Now, your post has, again, peaked my interest. I shall take your critique under consideration next time I see this enigmatic sauce.

milgwimper

Hmmm I haven't yet found that here in Germany, I will have to try harder. Although I think I would eat it topped with rice, but what can I say rice is usually my favourite carb, well I do like asian type noodles too...Man I am hungry!

Kirk

Hi Win-DC - Thanks, we just kinda post on whatever catches our fancy. When you do find the sauce, let me know what you think.

Hi Mills - Long time no hear! I hope all is well.

tina marie

i love this post! brought a huge smile to my face reading it. i've seen that sauce and always wanted to try it! if it's too salty... do you think diluting it with a little h2o, will help adverse the strong salty flavor? just curious. :)

Kirk

Hi Tina Marie - I'm glad I was able to provide a smile! ;o) I think diluting this with water, would also dilute all the other flavors....perhaps an Asian dilution would work better. That would be.....more starch!!! Have a great weekend.

Cathy

tina marie- It is salty but not so bad that you can't eat it directly from the jar. Once you put a small bit on rice, you may almost want to add some soy sauce...

Jeff C

Kirk, this is so fun. It brought back memories of when I was in grad school and making my own dinners. I remember being in an Asian market and buying this sauce. I didn't have a lot of cooking experience then and a much less adventurous palate. I really thought this would be similar to Italian spaghetti. Talk about being surprised. Anyways, chalk that one up to experience.
The chinese spaghetti sauce I don't use plain, I tend to use as a flavoring for other dishes.

Kirk

Hi Jeffrey - One thing for sure.....it isn't bland!

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