Aihua International Market, Part 2

26 Mar

443What’s that? You were so intrigued after reading my last post, that you want to know more about Aihua International Market?

Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m totally smitten with this treasure, too, so I went back for another round of food hunting! If you haven’t stopped in to check the market out yet, maybe this post will give you that final little push.

Ever tried guayaba, also known as guava? These little gems are native to Mexico and Central and South America, but are now cultivated in the tropics throughout the world.

My uncle loves them for their overwhelming scent as they ripen on the tree. I love them for their sharp, sweet-and-sour bite that leaves you wanting more.

The are also low in calories and full of nutrients. A single guava has four times more Vitamin C than an orange,  so feel free to indulge guilt-free!

(See above photo of the guavas taunting the oranges with their much smaller size AND higher Vitamin C content. I never said they were nice…just tasty.)

005Now for a delicious vegetable, you should try crunchy-tender baby bok choy.

Here’s how I like to prepare mine:

1. Submerge the choy in a bowl of water and clean thoroughly.

2. Place into a pan with about 1/2 inch of water in the pan.

3. Bring water to a boil, the simmer until choy turns bright green and is barely cooked (Warning: this doesn’t take long! DON’T OVERCOOK! You want it to be crunchy-tender)

4. Drain the water.

5. Season to taste with some oyster sauce and a drizzle of sesame oil (both available at Aihua)

P.S. Baby bok choy also makes a rocking soup. I recently made a basic vegetable beef soup with beef, onions, green onions, garlic, tomatos, okra, and baby bok choy. It was one of the best soups I have ever made!

I credit the soup’s wonderfully rich, new flavor to the bok choy…what a great new twist on a classic vegetable beef soup.

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2 Responses to “Aihua International Market, Part 2”

  1. Emily April 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Hi! I was actually just at Aihua last night and when I googled it I found your blog! I love the vast and eccentric selection at Aihua. Bean curd and grass jelly alongside Jesus hats and fairy wands because, hey, why the hell not? It’s awesome to see that there are other foodies in the Evansville area who are into travel and international cuisine. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts. 😀

    • lagraham82 April 9, 2013 at 4:14 am #

      Yea! Love Aihua…never know what you’re going to find! Thanks for reading 🙂

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