The Spice Trade

Industry insider knowledge, and usage tips on spices and other ingredients

Peruvian Ceviche

peruvian ceviche with panca chilli

This is one of those dinner party snacks that people will go crazy for when done right. You need really fresh fish to make it work, and let the ingredients do the talking. It’s a lot of staple ingredients and pretty fast to make. Ceviche is usually done with sea bass, but other white fleshed fish such as grouper, sole and flounder will work very well too. Just ask your trusted fishmonger for the freshest saltwater fish they have – it should smell like the sea, and not fishy / old. The true peruvian secret is of course in the … keep reading

Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

french fries and homemade spices ketchup

This is a recipe for homemade ketchup using fully ripened tomatoes. I hope you will like them 😀 Tips: (1) Please have your sterilized clean glass jar ready before making this. (2) If you don’t mind bumpy texture, you can omit the use of blender. (3) Each tomato differs in its acidity and sweetness. Please adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar to your taste. (4) You can also add chopped carrots or celery into the tomato mixture. Recipe: Homemade Ketchup Yield: About 1 cup Ingredients 1kg fully ripened tomatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic granules 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar … keep reading

Recipe: Chicken Sandwich with Tarragon

lemon tarragon chicken sandwich

I was again checking what’s on sale at Regency Spices this morning, and I saw tarragon flakes! I have hardly seen fresh tarragon sold in Hong Kong’s supermarkets (maybe I wasn’t looking carefully enough?) Tarragon when combined with homemade mayonnaise or some nice seasonings like the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Spices makes for a really good sandwich. Recipe: Chicken Sandwich with Tarragon Serving: 2 Ingredients 1 clove garlic 2-3 tsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning 2 tablespoon cooking wine 220g chicken breast 2 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon skin, zest ½ apple 4 tablespoon mayonnaise (if you have homemade one, that would be super!) 1 … keep reading