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Chinese Hokkien/Min, Rare & Unusual, Recipes

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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