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What are laksa leaves?

An important element in Vietnamese cuisine, in Singapore laksa leaves are primarily used in the spicy curry noodles soup called Laksa. For some strange reason, the herb is not used in Indonesian nor Thai cuisines.

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Kalpasi: The Black Stone Flower spice of Southern India
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Rare & Unusual

Asafoetida: the secret powder that transforms your Indian recipes

English: Asafoetida, Yellow Powder, Devil’s Dung Hindi: हींग (hīng) Bengali: হিং (hiṅ) Malayalam: കായം (kāyaṃ) Tamil: பெருங்காயம் (perunkayam) French: Merde du Diable German: Teufelsdreck Dutch: Duivelsdrek Afrikaans: Duiwelsdrek Swedish: Dyvelsträck Finnish: Pirunpaska, Pirunpihka Estonian: Juudavaik Turkish: Şeytan tersi, Şeytan boku,…

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Why True Cinnamon is Actually Fake News

I have recently discovered what the internet has claimed to be the “true cinnamon”. The hype worried me a bit, especially when the claims about the benefits of “true cinnamon” are often exaggerated and mixed with a considerable amount of…

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Japanese, Rare & Unusual

What is Mitsuba 三つ葉?

Latin: Cryptotaenia japonica Japanese: Mitsuba ミツバ, 三つ葉 Chinese: 三叶芹/三葉芹, 鸭儿芹/鴨兒芹 Korean: 파드득나물, 압아근(鴨兒根) English: Wild Japanese Parsley Mitsuba is a wild herb native to East Asia. Used commonly as a garnish in Japan, its stems and roots could also be…

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Rare & Unusual

Forget your sorrows with Chinese lily buds 金针菜

Latin: 1. Hemerocallis fulva, 2. Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, 3. Hemerocallis minor English: Lily buds/ Lily shoots 1. Orange day-lily, 2. Lemon day-lily, 3. Dwarf day-lily/ Grassleaf lily/ Small day-lily Mandarin Chinese: Jinzhencai 金针菜, Xuancaohua 萱草花, Wangyoucao 忘忧草, Huanghuacai 黄花菜 Chinese lily…

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Haoshi Facai (Stewed Facai with Dried Oysters, Dried Mushrooms and Lettuce ) 蠔豉髮菜 - A Cantonese New Year Dish
Steamed Tofu with Fresh Prawns and Pork 上汤鲜虾豆腐