Articles: Specialty Foods

  1. Tchaba Tea Masters

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    The Tchaba Tea Company was founded in Marrakech in 2006 with a vision of creating a line of premium teas for sale in the luxury market – primarily in 5-Star hotels and spas – in the Middle East and North Africa. Only premium whole leaf teas are chosen from estates in China, Sri Lanka, Japan… Continue Reading→

  2. Green Gold: Apulian Olive Oil

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    Slightly spicy, with a lightly acidic brightness and an intense ripe fruitiness, the extra virgin olive oils from Apulia are amongst the world’s best. The region supplies 40% of Italy’s table olives and olive oil, and 15% of global production – and it has been doing so for many, many generations. The quality begins with… Continue Reading→

  3. Yuzu

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    Yuzu is a yellow-orange coloured citrus fruit with a textured skin and an uneven but slightly flattened spherical shape. It is tart, with a grapefruit-mandarin-tangerine flavour profile, and its juice and zest are intensely aromatic. Yuzu is highly prized in Japan where its zest and rind are used to garnish savoury dishes such as miso… Continue Reading→

  4. Raw, Organic Nama Shoyu

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      Shoyu means soy sauce; nama translates roughly as raw, or living, and this superb, organic Japanese soy is the newest addition to our range of premium soy sauces. Made with organic soybeans and mountain spring water, this artisanal product is traditionally aged for at least two years in cedar casks. Best used to finish… Continue Reading→

  5. Cajeta

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    OMG, you’ve got to try it! That’s OMG as in Original Mexican Gourmet, which produces cajeta, the traditional Mexican, goat’s-milk version on dulce de leche using high quality local ingredients, pure vanilla, coffee, and rum. Cajeta (ka-HEH-tah) originates in Guanajuato, where it was originally packaged in little wooden boxes or cajas. From this it derives… Continue Reading→

  6. Taste #5

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    When Dr. Kikuni Ikeda identified the subtle “deliciousness” of kombu (kelp) as umami, the fifth taste (in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter), he surely could not have anticipated Chef Laura Santtini’s Taste #5 products – although he did go on to discover that other foods had this elusive, but intuitively understood quality –… Continue Reading→

  7. Umami: The Fifth Taste

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    Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami, the fifth taste. Many factors influence our perceptions of food – our mood, where we are eating it and with whom we are sharing it, its colour, temperature, texture and aroma – but at the most basic level it is a function of the receptors on our tongues. Until… Continue Reading→

  8. Spice Pantry Gift Bags

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    Gifts for cooks at South China Seas this year include well-priced and handsomely presented 12 bottle spice pantries featuring exotic salts and peppers, chiles, and herb and spice collections from Europe, the Far East, South Asia, and Mexico. SALT PEPPER Himalayan Pink Salt Hawaiian Black Salt Hawaiian Red Salt Lime-infused Sea Salt Fleur De Sel… Continue Reading→

  9. Preparing Mayacoba and Snow Cap Beans

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    Like all beans, mayocoba and snow cap beans should be pre-soaked before being boiled in fresh water for ten minutes and then cooked slowly until tender. Following this cooking method is important – all beans (but particularly kidney beans), contain toxins which may concentrate in the soaking water and which are only destroyed in the… Continue Reading→

  10. Bourbon Vanilla Beans

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    South China Seas purchases organic bourbon vanilla pods directly from the farm in Uganda. This allows us to sell it at very good price (currently $7.00 for a package of 3″ long, grade A beans), but more importantly, it ensures that we carry the freshest and most fragrant vanilla you can buy. African and Mexican… Continue Reading→