After working on Sam Sifton's, Flavorful Cupboard Essentials, piece for the New York Times, I feel that I can now consider myself a connoisseur of asian dishes. I had asian food for lunch and dinner for at least a week straight when I was working on getting these photos together. Between the trips to small asian grorcery stores tracking down ingredients and gathering props and the trip to Flushing Chinatown we had some really good asian dishes (you can't not stop to eat when doing some intense grocery shopping, esp. in Flushing Chinatown!). Also, Sam's recipes are so good that I simply had to eat them all. And then I found myself with a whole pantry full of these ingredients which made me want to experiment in the kitchen, so I did.