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"Lite", "Light", or Regular or "Dark"

Can someone please explain to me the meanings of these Chinese cooking condiments. Lite or Light Soy Sauce. Kylie Kwong recipe directions contain light soy sauce and then dark soy sauce in same recipe. Is there an actual "lite" s.s. or does it mean regular soy sauce and then Tamari as the dark soy sauce. It could be that there is a lighter version of soy souce, and the regular soy sauce is dark and should be used. Also, I cannot find the red chilli's that are always used in her and other Chinese recipes. Does anyone know the proper name for these? I know, alot of questions, and I hope they don't seem really dumb as I am just trying to start in the huge Chinese Culinary world. And then there's Black Fungus and Fermented Black Beans to try to find! Ugh! Any help would truly be greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance.

Apr 16, 2008
Widget4 in General Topics

Trying new recipes! Need help...

Thanks for all the help Dib and Carole. My daughter is taking me to Assi on Saturday. I have been there once before, and completely forgot about it. How I could do that when they have live eels swimming around in tank I'll never know!! Thanks again. And thanks again to all of your comments and help. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Dec 20, 2007
Widget4 in Pennsylvania

Trying new recipes! Need help...

Hello again...and thank you so much for your quick reply's. I have been watching Kylie Kwong, and her Chinese Cooking Wine is one of her staples for cooking. I know better than to use the so called 'cooking wines' in the supermarket. I live in Harleysville, Pa. Not an ethnic store within 30 miles. Just online. I have seen Mirin at the store, but that's Japanese. I think Kylie Kwong uses the Shao Hsing cooking wine. She also says if you can't find it, to use Sherry. I would just rather use what is recommended than a substitute when trying to do an original recipe. If I have this much trouble just finding the Cooking Wine, maybe I should try to cultivate more of an interest in Italian! Most of those ingrediants have gotten easier to find over the years. Thanks again for all of your help, and Happy Holidays.

Dec 19, 2007
Widget4 in Pennsylvania

Trying new recipes! Need help...

I am trying new Chinese recipes and they call for Chinese Cooking Wine. Do I have to buy this at a state store, or do ethnic or Chinese food stores stock it? Thank you for any info you may be able to impart.

Dec 18, 2007
Widget4 in Pennsylvania