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What is Wild Garlic?

English: wild garlic, ramsons, buckrams, wood garlic, bear’s garlic Scientific name: Allium ursinum French: ail des ours Español: ajo de oso Deutsch: Bärlauch, Bärenlauch, Knoblauchspinat, wilder Knoblauch, Waldknoblauch, Hexenzwiebel, Zigeunerlauch, Ramsen, Waldherre Nederlands: Daslook The wild garlic is a native…

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Ajinomoto vs Taste No.5 Umami Dust

Move over, MSG! Here comes the second generation of taste explosion: Taste No.5 Umami Dust What is Taste No.5 Umami Dust? Available in tube and dust forms, Taste No.5 is the re-creation of flavour enhancements, that hopefully will topple the bad…

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What are velvet pioppini?

English: velvet pioppini, poplar mushroom, black poplar mushroom, chestnut mushroom Scientific name: Agrocybe aegerita / Agrocybe cylindracea / Pholiota aegerita Chinese: 茶树菇 / 茶樹菇, 茶薪菇, 柳松菇, 油茶菇, 神菇 Japanese: 占地 (シメジ) shimeji Velvet pioppini is called ’Cha Shu Gu’ 茶树菇…

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What are okras?

English: Okra/Okro, lady’s fingers, bhindi, gumbo Scientific name: Abelmoschus esculentus Moench Nigerian Igbo: ọkwurụ Bantu: kingombo Portuguese: quiabo Spanish: quimbombó, guigambó French: gombo Arabic: bamia Hindi: bhindi Bengali: dherosh Tamil: vendai kai Bahasa melayu: Bendi Thai: กระเจี๊ยบเขียว Vietnamese: Đậu bắp…

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What are salted duck eggs?

Mandarin Chinese: Xian Ya Dan 咸鸭蛋/ Xian Dan 咸蛋 Cantonese Chinese: Haam Aap Daan  鹹鴨蛋 / Haam Daan 鹹蛋 Minnan Chinese: Giam Aa Nng 鹹鴨卵 / Giam Nng 鹹卵 Japanese: 鹹蛋 Bahasa melayu: Telur masin Tagalog: Itlog na maalat Salted…

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What is Guilinggao?

Chinese: 龟苓膏/龜苓膏 Guilinggao is an ancient medicinal desert, which hails from the county of Wuzhou 梧州 in Guangxi province in China. Legend has it that during the Era of the Three Kindgoms (AD 220-280), military strategist Zhu Geliang led his…

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What are pomfrets?

English: Silver/White Pomfret Scientific name: Pampus argenteus Chinese:  鲳鱼 Bahasa melayu: Ikan Bawal Putih Thai: ปลาจะละเม็ดขาว Vietnamese: Cá chim trắng Cebuano: Salay Winaray: Sandatan Malayalee: വെളുത്ത ആവോലി Silver pomfrets thrive in the warm seas of the Indian Ocean, and are an important…

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What is fermented fish sauce?

Chinese:  魚露 Ancient Chinese: 鮨 Korean: Jeotgal 젓갈, Jeot 젓 Japanese: 魚醤 Thai: nam pla น้ำปลา Vietnamese: nước mắm Tagalog: patis Ancient Greek: Garos γάρον Latin: Garum, Liquamen English: Worcestershire sauce, fish pickle, fish sauce I am very fortunate to have an understanding partner, who lets me cook whatever I…

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What are cellophane or glass noodles?

English: Cellophane noodles, Chinese vermicelli, Bean threads, Bean thread noodles, Crystal noodles, Glass noodles Mandarin Chinese: Fen Si 粉丝/粉絲 Minnan Chinese (Hokkien): Dang Hoon 冬粉, Sio Hoon 細粉 Cantonese Chinese: Sai Fan 細粉, Fan Si 粉絲 Japanese: Harusame 春雨 Korean:…

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