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  • Japanese & Korean Cuisine

    One of the fastest emerging trends in New Zealand today is the increasing diversity of what we’re eating and cooking. Our interest in ethnic restaurants and ethnic foods has taken on a new dimension and there’s no doubt we’ve all become a lot more adventurous in our attitude.

    This diversity is reflected in the range of ethnic foods available at Moore Wilson’s Fresh. For instance, we continue to expand the range of Japanese and Korean ingredients and condiments we have in available. The following is a guide to some of the most popular:

    Belacan A fermented paste made from shrimp meat. A condiment that is common throughout Japan and Korea and is especially a feature of Malaysian cuisine. An essential ingredient in many sauces and curries. Recommended that you use it sparingly as it has a strong and pungent flavour.

    Gochujang A hot pepper Korean fermented paste made with red pepper flakes, glutinous rice, soybeans and salt. Used in various Korean stews and soups and also to marinate meat. The most quintessential Korean condiment of them all.

    Gochugaru  Made from coarsely ground sun dried red peppers and this is the ingredient that has given Korean food its hot and spicy reputation. The flavour is hot, sweet and slightly smoky.

    Kimchi A traditional Korean side dish now available pre-prepared. Based on fermented cabbage and sometimes including daikon radish, onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper, it has recently been named as one of the world’s healthiest foods. While the Koreans serve Kimchi with just about every meal, there are lots of things you can do with it too. Use it to wake up your morning scrambled eggs, great as a wrap filling and a tasty way to top off a baked potato. Both Korean Kimchi and a locally produced version are available.

    Kewpie Mayonnnaise Regarded as the best mayonnaise in the world. Made from egg yolks only rather the whole eggs plus rice vinegar, soy based vegetable oil and a touch of the flavour enhancer MSG.

    Mirin Sweet Japanese cooking wine with a golden colour and made from glutinous rice. Not only adds sweetness but also gives a gloss or shine to a dish. Essential for teriyaki chicken and wonderful drizzled over salmon.

     A traditional Japanese paste made from fermented Soy beans. These are numerous types and textures available. Provides an intense almost meaty savoury flavour despite being a vegan-based condiment. As a general rule, the lighter the Miso colour the more mild the flavour. A New Zealand - made Miso is now being made using Nelson soybeans.

    Nanami Togarashi Nanami literally means ‘seven flavours’ in Japanese. This tasty spice blend is made up of chilli pepper, orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, Japanese Pepper, Ginger and Seaweed.

    Nori A type of seaweed that comes in in dark green/black sheets and most commonly used as a wrap for Sushi. Can be shredded or bought in a powdered form (called anori) and used as a garnish or flavouring for noodle dishes and soups.

    Panko Breadcrumbs These Japanese-style breadcrumbs are light and fluffy and incredibly crisp. You can, in fact, use them in just about any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs.
    Rice Vinegar: This is mild in flavour and is not as acidic as western vinegar. A pale yellow colour it is used as sushi vinegar and in making pickles.

     Bean curd made from soy bean milk and formed into a block. Has a myriad of uses in salads, soups and can be eaten by itself. Available either firm or soft (silken).

    Wakame Another form of seaweed, often used in Miso soup, noodle soups and salads. Wakame comes in dried or frozen form. When using dried wakame, soak in water to soften before using or just add a few pieces to soup. Be careful not to use too much as the pieces expand greatly in size. Frozen Wakame does not require cooking.

    Wasabi This Japanese horseradish tastes very peppery and pungent. While fresh wasabi is sometimes available, it is mostly used in a paste or powdered form.

    Soy sauce, Sesame oil, Fish sauce, Rice wine etc. are universally used in Asian cuisine and each Asian country generally makes its own version. Generally these base ingredients are inter-changeable irrespective of their country of origin. Simply use the version that most suits your personal taste.

    Visit Moore Wilson's Tory Street Fresh Market for our full range of Korean & Japanese ingredients.

  • The Clevedon Valley Buffalo Co. Bocconcini & Broad Bean Salad

    Serves 4.

  • Linkwater: The Cheddar We Age Ourselves

    When Moore Wilson Fresh first opened in 1998, we were able to source delightful aged cheddar from the Koromiko Dairy Company in Marlborough.

    Regrettably, as the Dairy industry rationalised and merged itself in search of global efficiencies, it was decided to close the Marlborough factory and send the Marlborough milk elsewhere. It was also decided that the aging of cheddar would be undertaken in a larger more efficient location. So it was bye bye to Moore Wilson’s favourite aged cheddar as it was absorbed into NZ’s centralised (but efficiently processed) cheddar mountain.

    We spent some time searching the country to find a similar aged cheddar and quickly discovered that aging a decent volume of cheddar beyond 2 years wasn’t on anyone’s agenda.

    Now anyone who knows cheese will tell you that good cheddar, like fine wine, simply gets better with age. The flavours sharpen and become more intense. Sometimes lactic crystals form in the cheddar adding a delightfully crunch to the texture.

    As a result, we decided to age some cheddar ourselves.

    This fine quality cheddar is aged for at least 30 months and has a distinctive character and sharpness. The cheddar is named Linkwater after one the earliest NZ’s cheese factories that was located in Marlborough. In the old days cheese produced at Linkwater used to be shipped by scow to Wellington from the Grove Arm Wharf - before being on-shipped to the UK. We also chose to use a Marlborough name to honour the Marlborough cheddar that first showed us what good aging can do for flavour.

    In 2013 we released another cut and wrapped cheddar called Cullen’s Valley.

    Cullen’s Valley is a quality mild cheddar, the ideal family cheddar with a mildness that all the family will love, especially the kids.

    The name Cullen’s Valley comes from Marlborough and the Cullen family were early suppliers to the Linkwater Dairy factory, one of NZ’s first dairy factories.

    Linkwater & Cullen’s Valley Cheddars are available from all Moore Wilson’s Grocery & Fresh Stores in retail and bulk 1kg+ sizes.

  • Arobake Bakers & Patissiers

    Arobake was established in October 1989 by Max Fuhrer as a small bakery
    in Wellington’s iconic Aro Valley.

    The son of a Swiss cheese maker, Kiwi-born Max has ample quantities of the attributes the Swiss are famous for - honesty, accuracy, precision and quality. He served his bakery apprenticeship in Wellington under the late Barend de Bes and, on becoming a fully-fledged baker, took himself off to Lucerne and Zurich in Switzerland to hone his skills for the next three years.

    Arobake has now celebrated over 25 years of successful baking and are well known in Wellington for their quality product range which includes authentic traditional European breads, cakes, patisserie and a packaged biscuit range. At Easter you’ll find their Hot Cross Buns at Moore Wilson’s and they produce a mean Christmas Mince Pie during the festive season.

    It’s not only their customers who think Arobake’s products are tops, they’ve also won a number of awards over the years including:
    2007 New Zealand Baking Society’s Best Bread Baker award
    2008 and 2009 National Best Sourdough bread award
    2013 New Zealand's best Christmas mince pie
    2014 Silver for Artisan Grain Bread

    If you’re in Aro Valley be sure to visit their shop for café style food and fresh baked goodies. Arobake delivers a range of breads, cakes and patisserie fresh daily to Moore Wilson’s Fresh Tory Street and Porirua.

    Find out more about Arobake here.

  • Olivo Fennel Infused Pork Belly

    Enjoy with a savoury NZ Syrah

  • Ceres Organics Gluten Free Almond Quinoa Cookies

    Makes 20-24.

  • Heilala Vanilla Bean Teacake with Vanilla Sugar Topping

  • Farrah's Bacon & Egg Quiche

    Serves 4.

  • Loaf Mini Burger Sliders with Caramelised Onion Jam

    Serves 5.

  • Culley’s Crumbed Chicken with Spicy Slaw

    Serves 4.

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