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By Praphaphan PJ Johnson
PJs Asia One Market 

Treat Your Taste Buds at PJ's Asia One Market

 

February 1, 2017 | View PDF

A wide and eclectic array of Asian produced and inspired products welcomes shoppers to PJ'S Asia One Market. PJ's is St. Augustine's first and only dedicated Asian grocery featuring products from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Japan. Items range from spices, condiments, and sauces to a extensive variety of other dried, canned, refrigerated, and frozen goods. The rice and noodle section offers jasmine, sweet [sticky], red, brown, black, and Basmati rice while the noodles are available in a wide variety of ingredients, forms, flavors, and shapes, originating from various countries. Noodles come dried or refrigerated [fresh] and in family or individual serving packets.

For the curry lover's palate PJ'S offers ten styles of Thai curry paste in different size containers and all other necessary ingredients for curry based dishes. And for the sushi enthusiast(s) PJ'S stocks products for your next sushi get together including rice, vinegars, nori, pickled ginger, wasabi, soy sauce and a selection of the most popular 'flash frozen' sushi grade seafood. If you enjoy sushi often, try preparing at home-it's not as difficult as it may seem.

Praphaphan "PJ" Johnson is a native of Thailand, an FCTC culinary graduate, previously a chef and is available daily to assist, advise and encourage anyone interested in preparing Asian meals. In the near future PJ will offer cooking demonstrations/classes for individuals or groups. If you're interested, please inquire during your visit.

Recipe:

Red Curry with Chicken

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 lb chicken breast cut to

bite size pieces

2 tbsps vegetable oil

2 tbsps red curry paste

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

2 tbsps fish sauce

2 cloves garlic chopped

1/4 cup sliced onion

1/4 cup sliced bamboo shoots

1/4 cup green bean cut to bite size pieces

1/4 cup quartered Thai or Chinese eggplant cut into thick slices

3 kaffir lime leaves

2 Thai chili quartered

5-10 sweet Thai basil leaves for garnish

Preparation:

In a sauce pan with oil on high heat, add garlic and onion sauté for 15 seconds. Then add curry paste and chicken. Sauté for about one minute. Add fish sauce, black pepper, and coconut milk. Sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Add vegetables and water, let cook about 10 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are tender. Finish by stirring in chili and kaffir lime leaves, Remove from heat, garnish with sweet Thai basil leaves. Serve with hot steamed jasmine rice.

TESTIMONIALS

I've become a regular shopper at PJ's. I love how all the items on the shelves have English nametags, so I don't have to guess what things are. It makes shopping so much easier. The store is clean and the aisles are wide. PJ is always so helpful. Last time I was in, she introduced me to these festive colored sushi wrappers that aren't as scary as seaweed for newbie's to the sushi world.

- Rea Powers

I love the green tea ice cream, and our children like the mango popsicles. My wife never leaves without an ice cold roasted coconut juice in her hand. We have found lots of new vegetables and snacks to try. PJ has taught us about noodles that you don't have to cook. That's great in the summer heat!

- Bill Gaines

 
 

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