You can find a description for all of the unique and exotic ingredients used in my recipes on this page - along with where to buy them. Enjoy!


WHAT IS IT ...

Grated (or desiccated) coconuts is the white flesh of coconuts which has been shredded or grated. It is also known as dried shredded coconuts. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Grated coconuts came from tropical countries. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Grated coconuts is often used as ingredients, salad toppings, and cake/cupcakes decoration. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Galangal is a type of ginger. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Galangal came from Indonesia and has spread across the Southeast Asian countries.

 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Galangal is used in cooking and traditional medicines. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Miso is a seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with barley, rice, salt, and other ingredients. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Miso paste came from Japan and has gained worldwide interest. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Miso is used in soups, spreads, sauces, and pickling meats and vegetables. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Bamboo skewers are skewers made of bamboo plants. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Bamboo skewers came from Asia. 

 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Bamboo skewers are often used in meat grilling in Asia, typically soaked in water for sometime before use over charcoal or wood fire. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Caraway is a type of fennel known as the Persian cumin. 

 

WHERE is it from ...

Caraway came from Asia, Europe, and Northern Africa. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Caraway is typically used in food preparation, and is especially popular in bread-baking. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Tamarind paste is a paste made of tamarind fruit. Tamarind trees are considered to be legumes. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Tamarind came from tropical Africa.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Tamarind paste is used in cuisines around the world, traditional medicine, and metal polish.  

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WHAT IS IT ...

Cardamom is a spice made from the seeds of cardamom plant.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Cardamom came from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bhutan. it is the world's 3rd most expensive spice after saffron and vanilla.

HOW IS IT BEing used ...

Cardamom is typically used in food and drink preparation as well as traditional medicine in Asia. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Kaffir lime leaves are leaves of kaffir lime trees.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Kaffir lime trees are fruit trees native to tropical Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and South Asian countries. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Kaffir lime leaves are used in Southeast Asian cuisine and the oil from it is used in perfumes. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

White pepper is a type of pepper where darker-coloured skin of the pepper fruit has been removed, resulting in a slightly different flavor profile than black pepper.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

White pepper, like black pepper, came from India.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

White pepper is typically used in Chinese, Thai, and other East/Southeast Asian cuisines, light color cream sauces, and mashed potatoes.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Rice vermicelli (bihun) is a thin form of rice noodles. Often referred to as rice sticks or bee hoon, they are not to be confused with cellophane noodles that are not made of rice.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Rice vermicelli came from China and is very popular in the East and Southeast Asian countries.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Rice vermicelli can be used in soups, stir-fries, or salads.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Tapioca starch is a flour made from cassava root.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Tapioca starch originated from South America and has been popularized throughout the world.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Tapioca starch is a versatile food item, used in many parts of the world as a thickening agent, base ingredients, and many more uses.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Wonton skins are dough skins made of egg, water, flour, and salt.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Wonton skins came from China and has been popularized in many countries around the world.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Wonton skins are usually used to wrap fillings of ground meat or seafood. It can stand up to frying, boiling, or served in soup.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Sambal is a sauce made from a variety of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallor, scallion, sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegars. Sambal Oelek is a Javanese version that means that the sambal was made using basalt stone mortar and pestle - which is the most traditional way of making sambal in Indonesia.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Sambal originated from Indonesia.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Sambal is usually served as condiments to fried/grilled dishes.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Candlenut is the nut of the candleberry tree. It is high in oil content.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Candlenut is common in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Candlenut is often used as an ingredient (grated or minced) in a dish or a sauce.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Chili oil is a condiment made from vegetable oil (typically soybean or sesame oil) that has been infused with chili peppers (typically Sichuan pepper, garlic, or paprika).

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Chili oil is common in China, East, and Southeast Asia.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Chili oil can be use as an ingredient, as a dipping sauce, and as a condiment.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Egg noodles are noodles made with wheat, eggs, and lye-water.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Egg noodles came from China and today has spread to many countries, predominantly found in other East / Southeast Asian countries, like Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, etc.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Egg noodles can be fried (panfry or stir-fry), parboil and incorporated in soup dishes - typically combined with a type of protein (meat, seafood, tofu) and vegetables.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Sesame oil comes from East and Southeast Asian.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Sesame oil can be found in various East and Southeast Asian dishes and alternative medicines.

$9.94

WHAT IS IT ...

Gochujang is a savory and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, soybeans, and salt. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Gochujang comes from Korea.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Gochuang can be found in Korean stews, marinated BBQ meats, and lettuce wraps.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Kimchi is a fermented, spicy, and sour vegetable that is made with a variety of seasonings. There are hundreds of varieties made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Kimchi comes from Korea and is becoming more popular throughout the world.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Kimchi can be eaten by itself typically with rice, as a side dish, as an ingredient to soup/stews/pancake/fried rice, as a topping to hot dogs, or as a puree in tacos.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Fried onion is literally onions that have been cut small and thin and deep fried. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Fried onion came from Europe (mainly France) and spread throughout the world when the New Worlds were being found. Different regions then adapted it to local cuisines. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Fried onions can be used as a garnish (like in many Southeast Asian cuisines) or as a snack food. A few variant of fried onion are onion rings and blooming onion. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Sambal terasi is a sauce made from chili peppers, fermented shrimp paste, sugar, salt, lemon/lime juice, and vinegar. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Sambal terasi came from Indonesia and spread in popularity into other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Singapore.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Sambal terasi can be eaten raw as a condiment to grilled / fried fish and chicken, as a condiment to soups and stews, and as an ingredient to dishes like fried rice.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Instant ramen is a precooked (flash-fried) and dried noodle block, typically sold with flavoring powder or seasoning oil packets.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Instant ramen came from Japan (1958) and was popularized by other Asian countries such Korea and Indonesia. It is currently the most consumed type of noodles around the globe.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Instant ramen can be eaten raw, cooked according to the package, cooked and garnished like in this blog, and as an ingredients to other dishes (in Indonesia, it is one of the ingredients in casseroles).

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WHAT IS IT ...

Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a brown coconut, not to be confused with coconut water. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Coconut milk is a popular ingredient in South and Southeast Asia as well as the Caribbean. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Coconut milk can be consumed raw, used as milk substitute with tea, coffee, and in baking. It can also be used as a substitute of yoghurt. It is a common ingredient to tropical cuisines such as curries, stews, iced drinks, and many more. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Coriander is a flavorful, pungent, aromatic herb also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Coriander is native to southern Europe, north Africa, and southwestern Asia.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Coriander is used in cooking as a spice, pickling, sausage-making, and many more - both in dried powdered form and whole.

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WHAT IS IT ...

Cumin is a flowering herb often used in dried powdered form and whole.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

While cumin is very popular in India as of 2nd millennium BC, it has been cultivated in Egypt, Iran, and the Mediterranean since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Cumin is used in cooking and in the world of medicine (to aid digestion and treat anemia & common cold).

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WHAT IS IT ...

Turmeric is a type of ginger, typically comes fresh, dried, or in powder form. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Turmeric is native to southeast India and can be found in many Southeast Asian cuisines. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Because of its deep orange yellow color, turmeric has been used as food coloring, dye, and for ceremonial uses. It is also used in cooking due to its slightly hot peppery flavor and hot mustardy smell. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Garam masala is a blend of ground spices such as black & white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon / cassia bark, nutmeg, mace, black & green cardamom pods, bay leaf, and caraway.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Garam masala is common in North Indian and South Asian cuisines. 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Garam masala is often sprinkled on dishes near the end of the cooking period, much like finishing salt in western cuisines. In Pakistan, it is used in making pilaf. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Basmati rice is a long grain rice. 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Basmati rice is common to India & Pakistan.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Basmati rice is prepared and cooked much like regular rice. 

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WHAT IS IT ...

Shaoxing wine is a type of fermented rice wine.

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Shaoxing wine came from Shaoxing, China dynastic time. Chairman Mao used it as an ingredient of his braised pork belly and scallions (what he claimed to be his brain food). 

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

Shaoxing wine is used in many savory dishes through east and southeast Asia. It can also be drank to accompany meals and snacks. 

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What is it ...

Lemongrass is a species of grass, also known as Cymbopogon. It is a very versatile plant, used in cooking, medicines, teas, oil, candles, soaps, and as insect repellants.

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WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Lemongrass is native to India, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

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HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

In cooking, lemongrass can be found in soups, stews, and curries. It can be found in fresh, dried, and powdered forms.

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What is it ...

Dark soy sauce is a variety of soy sauce made from the soybeans that it owes its umami flavor from and palm sugar. It is sweet and thick with a syrupy consistency somewhat like treacle.

Where is it from  ...

Dark soy sauce originated from east and southeast Asia, primarily China, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, and Burma. 

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How is it being used ...

Dark soy sauce is used in cooking both for flavoring and coloring dishes. It is also used as a condiment and dipping sauce.


WHAT IS IT ...

German egg noodle (Spatzle) is a type of soft egg noodle / dumpling.

WHERE IS IT FROM ...

German egg noodle is found in the cuisines of souther Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Alsace, and South Tyrol.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

German egg noodle is typically served accompanying a savory meat stew like Sauerbraten, however in some parts of Germany / Austria, it is also mixed with sugar and fruits as a sweet dessert. 

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What is it ...

Worcestershire sauce (aka Worcester sauce) is a condiment made from fermented anchovies, vinegar, sugar, salt, and a number of other spices.

 

 

WHERE IS IT FROM  ...

Worcestershire sauce came from the Greco-Roman era when a fermented fish sauce called 'garum' was considered a staple of the Roman Empire cuisines.

HOW IS IT BEING USED ...

It is used around the world in both Western & Eastern cultures - much like soy sauce - to flavor stews and beef dishes like meat pies, chili, burger, etc.

$7.99

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