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Oriental Food Shop Blog

  • Ince Web Services Sells Oriental Food Shop

    Posted on Tuesday 11th March 2014 by Adrian

    Today, Tuesday 11th March 2014, Ince Web Services limited completed an agreement to sell the assets of its business “Oriental Food Shop” to Tai Fat C&C Ltd.
    The sale relates to the Oriental Food Shop supermarket in Ashby Square, Loughborough, but the websites “” and “” remain the property of Ince Web Services Limited and may continue to supply oriental groceries in the future.
    During a transitional period the directors of Ince Web Services Limited will offer guidance and support to the new owners of the business in order to maintain the excellent reputation of Oriental Food Shop for providing great range, great service and great value to customers in Loughborough.
    Adrian and Grace Ince said today “We wish Eric and Kan all the best for their new business venture and hope that running Oriental Food Shop gives them the same pleasure and reward as it has us over the past nine years. Since opening our first small shop in Loughborough we have worked hard to provide high levels of service and product knowledge, and have established great working relationships with suppliers, staff and of course our customers. We are sad to leave Oriental Food Shop behind, but look forward to our next business venture.”

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with sale, sold, tai fat

  • Chinese New Year 2014

    Posted on Sunday 26th January 2014 by Adrian

    Chinese New Year falls on Friday 31st January 2014. It will be the year of the horse, but because the Chinese calendar has a twelve year cycle based on phases of the moon, you need to consult the following table to find out if you were born in one of the years of the horse:

    Start Date End Date Heavenly Branch
    25th January 1906 12th February 1907 Fire Horse
    11th February 1918 31st January 1919 Earth Horse
    30th January 1930 16th February 1931 Metal Horse
    15th February 1942 4th February 1943 Water Horse
    3rd February 1954 23rd February 1955 Wood Horse
    21st January 1966 8th February 1967 Fire Horse
    7th February 1978 27th January 1979 Earth Horse
    27th January 1990 14th February 1991 Metal Horse
    12th February 2002 31st January 2003 Water Horse
    31th January 2014 18th February 2015 Wood Horse


    At Oriental Food Shop in Loughborough we have a selection of new year cakes, snacks and sweets. We also have a limited stock of red envelopes which you can use if you want to give a traditional gift of money to children.

    We will be open as usual over the Chinese New Year period, 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

    This post was posted in News

  • Christmas and New Year 2013 Despatch Dates

    Posted on Tuesday 10th December 2013 by Admin

    Please be aware that our last order dates for Christmas and New Year 2013 are as follows:


    UPS - Order by 11am Friday 20th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Tuesday 24th December.

    Royal Mail 1st Class - Order by 11am Friday 20th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Monday 23rd December.

    Royal Mail 2nd Class - Order by 11am Wednesday 18th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Tuesday 24th December.

    New Year

    UPS - Order by 11am Tuesday 24th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Tuesday 31st December.

    Royal Mail 1st Class - Order by 11am Friday 27th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Tuesday 31st December.

    Royal Mail 2nd Class - Order by 11am Friday 27th December, Despatch same day, Deliver by Friday 3rd January.

    Please note that these are estimates based on information provided by our suppliers, and we cannot guarantee delivery dates.

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with delivery, christmas, new year, 2012, despatch, dates, order

  • Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

    Posted on Sunday 1st December 2013 by Admin

    Our opening hours for Christmas and the New Year will be as follows:

    Day Date



    Tuesday 24th December



    Wednesday 25th December


    Thursday 26th December


    Friday 27th December



    Saturday 28th December



    Sunday 29th December


    Monday 30th December



    Tuesday 31st December



    Wednesday 1st January


    Thursday 2nd January



    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our customers.

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with christmas, new year, opening, hours, 2013

  • Black Bean Sauce

    Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2013 by Admin

    We are often asked how to make a dish like beef in black bean sauce. Preserved (also known as salted) black beans look a lot like raisins, and shouldn't be confused with dried black beans which can't be used for this recipe.

    Here's the basic recipe for the sauce:




    Place the preserved black beans in a small bowl and pour over the boiling water. Leave to soak for five to ten minutes; the beans will plump up and the water will darken.

    Mash the beans with a fork to break them up a little. Stir the cornflour into the mixture when you are ready to cook with the black beans. This will thicken the sauce.

    Making it into a dish

    If you want to cook beef or chicken in black bean sauce, then prepare the black beans as shown above. While you wait for them to infuse, thinly slice the meat and chop red or green bell pepper into 15mm chunks. If you want a little heat in the dish, de-seed and slice a red chilli. Crush and mince a small clove of garlic.

    Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of sunflower or ground nut oil until smoking hot; add the chilli, if using, and the garlic, and then the bell pepper. Stir fry for a minute and then add the meat, remembering to keep things moving in the pan. Around a minute before the meat is cooked, stir in the black bean sauce mixture your prepared earlier, continuing to stir. The sauce will thicken quickly and the dish is ready as soon as the meat is cooked through.

    Garnish with thinly sliced spring onions and serve.


    • Use a selection of chopped vegetables such as baby sweetcorn, onion, broccoli, bamboo shoots or water chestnut for a vegetarian alternative.
    • Prepare as above but add cooked noodles and stir well to coat with the black bean sauce to make a classic noodle dish.

    This post was posted in Recipes and was tagged with noodles, chicken, black, bean, beef, preserved

  • Late Summer Bank Holiday Closure

    Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2013 by Admin

    We will be closed on Sunday 25th, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August. We will be back open again as usual on Wednesday 28th from 10am to 6pm.

    Internet orders will be packed and despatched on Wednesday 28th August.

    Have a great bank Holiday Monday!

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with closed, bank holiday, monday, tuesday

  • Hoisin Sauce

    Posted on Thursday 6th June 2013 by Grace

    Hoisin Sauce
    Recipe Type: Sauce
    Cuisine: Chinese
    Author: Grace Chen
    Prep time:
    Total time:
    Serves: 4
    Hoisin sauce takes its Chinese name from "seafood" although it doesn't contain any seafood,and doesn't have to be served with it! Hoisin is often served with duck and pancakes, and although we do sell more than one brand of ready-made hoisin, you can also make it easily at home.
    • 2 tablespoons thick sweet soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons garlic black bean sauce
    • 1 tablespoon honey or molasses or brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons white vinegar (optional)
    • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
    • Few drops of chilli sauce (optional)
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1. Simply mix together all of the ingredients and serve.

    This post was posted in Recipes and was tagged with sauce, hoisin

  • Freezing Thai Vegetables

    Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2013 by Admin

    Did you know that you can freeze many of the fresh Thai vegetables we sell in our Loughborough shop?

    If you don't think that you can use the whole pack in one meal, here is what you can do:

    Galangal (galanga, kar sod)

    Freeze whole, or peel and slice thinly. Freeze on a tray and then bag up.

    Lemon Grass (takrai)

    You can freeze lemon grass stalks whole, but many recipes call for it to be chopped, so as a time saver you can chop the fresh lemon grass finely, and freeze loose on a tray. Bag up once frozen.

    Wild Ginger

    Wild ginger contains more water than galangal, so its texture will change after freezing because tiny ice crystals will form and break its cell structure. The taste will not be changed, though, so it is still worth preparing the wild ginger as usual (peel, slice) and again freeze loose on a tray, and then bag up once frozen.

    Thai Red Chilli

    Thai red chilli will also become softer after freezing, but will retain its pungency. You may prefer to prepare the chilli (e.g. de-seed, slice) before freezing on an open tray and then bagging up once frozen.

    Sweet Basil, Holy Basil

    Sweet and holy basil will both freeze and retain their taste, although the leaves will be darker. Strip the leaves from the stalks, bag up and freeze quickly to preserve as much flavour as possible.

    In all cases, please observe the instructions and star ratings applicable to your freezer.

    This post was posted in Tips

  • Updated Collect+ Rates

    Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2013 by Admin

    The Collect+ delivery rates have changed slightly, and are now as follows:

    Light Parcel, up to 2kg, £4.89
    Medium Parcel, 2kg to 5kg, £6.19
    Heavy Parcel, 5kg to 10kg, £8.29

    The quoted delivery time is 3 to 5 working days. Signature on delivery costs an additional £1.00 for all parcel weights. Prices quoted exclude VAT which will be charged at the standard rate.

    Note that Collect+ is not available for deliveries to the Channel Islands or to BFPO addresses.

    This post was posted in News

  • May Bank Holidays

    Posted on Thursday 2nd May 2013 by Admin

    Our shop will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May. There will be no mail order despatches on these days. We will open as usual on the following Tuesdays.

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with closed, bank holiday, May

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