Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunshine International Supermarket

It was a wash out for grilling this weekend.....but the sun is shining on Knoxville! Well, more specifically, Sunshine Supermarket, a full service Asian market has opened. It is an 18,000 square foot store full of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Indian, and Philippine products and ingredients. All kinds of things that I never thought I would have found in Knoxville. (Picture was taken early Sunday morning because there were too many cars in the way on Saturday. )They have aisle after aisle of things I have never used or heard of. We spent an hour browsing.
I came straight home and googled about 1/2 dozen ingredients.

You like fresh fish? Fine, pick one out of the tanks...they're still swimming!Exotic mushrooms? Take your pick off of a half aisle of them.Want a different kind of rice? Take your pick off of an aisle full of them. We picked a red rice. We walked through the store "just to look" today to get a feel on what kind of stuff they had. Of course I ended up an armful of "I'm just getting this one thing". I got a dried citrus powder, several varieties of noodles, red rice, dried red chili peppers, and a few other odds and ends. It's a great store and the staff are incredibly friendly.

But my favorite score? This!Sriracha sauce! It is a Thai chili sauce that is out of this world. It brings tons of heat but also has a rich flavor. Lord of The Wings danced with this devil when he was wanting to make excruciatingly hot wings. It's tasty good stuff (I think they teach that term at the Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu, right?).

So last night I made a simple, quick stir fry noodle dish with a side of broccoli with oyster sauce.

3 ea chicken thighs, boneless, skinless diced into small 1/4 to 1/2" pieces
3 T honey
1 T sriracha sauce
1 T chili powder
1/2 T dried tangerine peel powder***
1/2 ea yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/3 ea green bell pepper (I'd add some red bell pepper too next time)
1 t ginger, minced
2 ea green onion, julienne cut into 1" pieces
4 ounces Chinese style dried egg noodles

Cook noodles to directions, drain, and set aside.

Mix honey, sriracha sauce, chili powder and tangerine peel powder. Toss diced chicken into the mix.

Bring wok up to medium-high heat. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of peanut oil (I like to sneak in a few drops of seasame oil) and swirl around to coat the wok. Stir fry the chicken on the wok until done, I'd guess it was about 3-5 minutes. I always cut one of the fattest pieces in half just to make sure because outward appearances can be deceiving. Remove the meat and juices to a plate.

Add a few more drops of oil if you need to and bring the onion, green pepper, and ginger to the party, tossing them frequently. I only let mine go a few minutes because I like my veggies a bit crispy.

Now add the noodles and toss them around with the veggies. This may take a few minutes until they start to untangle. Pour the meat mixture and green onion in.


I was surprised at how much heat the noodles picked up but it was a great dish for something I just threw together.

***You can just omit this stuff. Chef E was great in helping me try to make it work earlier in the day. I cooked 5 small batches of chicken trying to get the flavor right. I was going to make Orange Chicken but this tangerine peel powder just does not equate well to dried tangerine peel. In small quantities it didn't bring anything to the table and in larger quantities, it brought only bitter. I'd say it's about the same difference between fresh cilantro and dried cilantro. You just can't sub one out for the other just by adjusting quantity like you can with other herbs.


  1. That store looks fantastic. I love to browse exotic ingredients!

    Hey, we grilled ribs yesterday, and I tried the membrane trick. It worked perfectly! Thank you! (Although I told my husband I kind of felt like I was performing surgery. Haha!)

  2. Chris, I had a feeling it was equal to mango powder which they use to balance heat, but it is sour as heck (I use clementine zest, and you can freeze it)! Try it in a soup when there is more 'flow of flavors', hey maybe another blog name for my twin :) -Let go, I cannot breath...ugh, cough, before I get any blue'er and explode!

    Looks good, and I would have eaten it up!

    I also see a chimaya on that deck, gotta get one for our newly constructed patio!

  3. Chris thanks for sharing this!! I loved reading about all the unique things that you discovered at SunShine SuperMarket. Your noodle dish looks so delicious!!

  4. Beth - I'm glad it helped! Try spatchcocking a THAT is like surgery.

    Chef E - Yeah, but you notice I don't cover the doesn't give me food so it gets neglected!

    Ginger - Thank you! It was pretty awesome for a first attempt.

  5. Looks like an excellent store, we have one similar here in Oregon. I love that chili sauce - YUM. The noodle stir fry looks and sounds delicious. I've never heard of tangerine peel powder.

  6. Sriracha should be a controlled substance. That stuff is like CRACK!!!

  7. That market looks amazing. I have a small Indian market I go to locally just for spices--they are so fragarant! Plus I can get Thai chili's, keffir lime leaves and other fun ingredients that aren't sold in the supermarket!

    I love the look of your stir fry--great menu idea for a rainy day!

  8. I would have to go to four different stores in Grand Rapids to maybe get those ingredients! You sound like me when shopping for food!

  9. Asian foods intimidate me. You're a brave one for trying this! Looks great!

  10. Chris my husband has found that market and I haven't had the time up until now to go. it's on my lists of things to do! What a fantastic Asian dish!

  11. Asian Markets are the very best! Such an adventure too. It's funny it looks just like my Asian Market. GREG

  12. Hey, thanks for the shout-out!

    And I do think "tasty good stuff" is a proper culinary term. At least it is for me.

  13. that's not a real thai Sriracha sauce
    it's a vietnamese copy one
    it's commmon in the US coz there a lot of vietnamese ppl over there
    go try a real one

  14. I just moved to ky recently from san diego california I never thought that i would find a store that had quite a variety like this me when i say that san diego cali asian supermarkets pretty much have anything you are looking for i missed in cali asian grocery stores are the same size as an albertson's (known as Kroger's out here) so they pretty much have killer selection but this store rocked imagine how i jumped up and down with excitement...


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