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Tempeh

  Indonesian: tempeh Tempeh is not a relative of tofu, despite looking similar and is made from soy beans. It was developed independently in Java, Indonesia, and the whole production process differs significantly from tofu. Likewise, the taste and ways…

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White-spotted rabbitfish – “Bair Tor Hir”

  White-spotted rabbitfish –  “Bair Tor Hir” Scientific name: Siganus canaliculatus English: White-spotted rabbitfish, also known as “Spinefoot” Deutsch: Drachenfisch (Genus: Kaninchenfische) Nederlands: Draakvis (Familie: Konijnvissen) Français: Sigan pintade (Genre: Sigan) 中文: 长鰭篮子鱼, 俗称”臭肚鱼” 闽南话: 白肚鱼 pronounced in the Teochew…

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Ail fumé d’Arleux

  English: Smoked garlic of Arleux Arleux is a tiny village in the north of France with a huge reputation for being the smoked garlic capital of the world. While locals claim the tradition of smoking garlic to preserve and…

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What are laksa leaves?

  Scientific name: Persicaria odorata English: laksa leaves, Vietnamese coriander Bahasa melayu: daun kesom, daun laksa Tiếng Việt: rau răm Thai: pak pai (ผักไผ่) Laos: pak paeo (ຜັກແພວ) An important element in Vietnamese cuisine, in Singapore laksa leaves are primarily used in the spicy…

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What are century eggs?

Century eggs 皮蛋 Century eggs are disgusting cured eggs invented at a time when you needed to herd your sheep somewhere in the mountains and you wanted to bring along a supply of lightweight proteins. Nowadays, we do not need…

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What is kangkong?

Scientific name: Ipomoea aquatica English: Water Spinach, Water Morning Glory, Water Convolvulus Bahasa melayu/Tagalog: Kangkong, kangkung Tiếng Việt: Rau muống ภาษาไทย : phak bung ผักบุ้ง 中文: 空心菜 A very common vegetable in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, it is often translated…

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Belachan

Malay: Belachan This is considered by many to be the smelliest ingredient on earth. When heated, the smell is compared to fried human feces. So be warned!!! Belachan is a paste made from grounded sun-dried rotten shrimps. Widely used in Southeast…

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What are razor clams?

Razor clams Scientific name: Ensis arcuatus 中文: 蛏 日本語: マテガイ Deutsch: Gerade Scheidenmuschel English: Razor clam, Bamboo clam Français: Couteau Nederlands: Zwaardschede   How can you eat it? Try this sensational steamed razor clams with sizzling garlic, or these razor…

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