In my early days living round here someone more thorough than me at following recipes dragged me round half the shops in search of black bean sauce.
I should have taken him straight here:
Hua Run (on the corner of Seven Sisters and Hornsey road next to the Eaglet) is one of those tiny shops that cram in more stuff than seems possible. They sell every Chinese ingredient I've ever heard of as well as many things I don't recognise:
Or know how to use. What does one do with dried fish exactly?
Or with sweet potato powder?
Rice I can just about figure out:
And I'm building up courage to try this: