Thai food is always associated with chillies and the hottest Thai Chili of all is the Prik Kee Noo Chili. Prik Kee Noo chillies are small in size, ranging from 0.5 to 5cm long but pack a mighty punch. Prik Kee Noo literally means ‘Mouse Droppings Chili’. (Kindly note that we avoided using the Sh** word here to keep this site suitable for family consumption).
Japanese Wasabi, Wasabia Japonica, also known as Japanese Horseradish, is a strongly flavoured spice made from the root of Wasabia Japonica. Japanese Wasabi is available commercially as a ready made paste or as a white powder which turns green after being mixed with water to form a paste. Freshly grated Wasabia Japonica, whilst making the [Read More…]
This Chili Paste recipe is from Asia and is commonly used in Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. Our Chili paste recipe uses several mixed Asian spices including Candlenut and of course Chili. The Chili paste is best made with a mortar and pestle but a spice blender will do. If you are unable to find [Read More…]
Mango Powder is made from raw, unripe green mangoes. Mango Powder, known in India as Amchur, is a spice used as a souring agent similar to lemons or limes. India is the largest producer of Mango Powder and also the largest consumer. Mango Powder is used in curries, chutneys and pickles, soups and dhals to add a touch of tartness without adding any liquid.
Chinese 5 Spice is a powder made from 5 spices. Actually more than 5 spices are sometimes used and there are several different recipes for Chinese 5 Spice. Chinese 5 Spice is highly aromatic and was created to give food all of the 5 flavours, Bitter, Sweet, Salty, Sour and Pungent. Our recipe for Chinese 5 Spice uses Szechuan Peppercorns, Star Anise, Cloves, Cinnamon and Fennel seeds but you will also come across recipes using Cassia Bark in place of the Cinnamon, and Ginger or Nutmeg.
Fingerroot, sometimes known as Chinese Ginger or Ginger Key, is an Asian spice with both culinary and medicinal uses. Chinese Ginger gets its English name of Fingerroot from its shape which looks like fingers. The Fingerroot rhizomes have a distinct almost medicinal aroma with a flavour much milder than Ginger and is mainly used as a flavouring in soups and curries, especially in Thailand where Fingerroot is called Krachai, but also in some Indonesian, Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes
Galangal, also known as Galanga (Alpinia Galanga), is a rhizome widely used in Asia as a flavouring. Galangal or Galanga is used in Asian soups and curries and is similar in appearance to Root Ginger but the taste is completely different. Galangal has an earthy, Peppery somewhat soapy taste when eaten raw and is available as a fresh root or sliced. Galangal powder can be found in Asian supermarkets or you can grind dried pieces of Galangal to make the powder.
Ginger or Root Ginger was first cultivated in Asia and is native to China and India. Root Ginger, the rhizome of Zingiber Officinale, is an aromatic spice with many and varied culinary uses. Many Asian cuisines use the fresh root ginger either grated or sliced in savoury dishes. When dried and ground, ginger is used extensively in baking and is the flavouring in Ginger Beer. Ginger can be Candied in a sugar syrup or Preserved in salt and sugar (Stem ginger) for use in desserts and sweet confections and can also be pickled in vinegar and served alongside such dishes as Satays and Sushi.
Closely related to Turmeric, Curcuma mangga is an Asian spice known as white Turmeric. Both the common Turmeric and White Turmeric are members of the Ginger family. The rhizomes of white Turmeric do not have the bright orange colour that the common Turmeric has. The tubours are yellowish brown and the flesh is white and pale green in colour.
Turmeric is an Asian spice grown mainly for its rhizomes. Apart from the culinary uses of Turmeric, Turmeric health benefits are numerous, making this Asian spice one of the World’s healthiest foods. Turmeric, Curcuma longa, is a perennial plant grown throughout Asia with India the largest producer. Turmeric can be used fresh, grated like Ginger, or, more commonly, the rhizomes are boiled in water for several hours, oven dried and ground into a fine powder. Turmeric has a warm peppery slightly bitter taste and is used in many curries and curry powders.
Cilantro, Coriander and Chinese Parsley are all common names for Coriandrum Sativum. Cilantro Coriander is an important culinary herb. The leaves, roots and seeds of Cilantro Coriander are used extensively in Asian cooking and as a garnish. The leaves of Cilantro Coriander have a distinctly different flavour from the seeds so they can not be substituted for each other. What we refer to as seeds are in actual fact the dried fruit of Coriandrum sativum. The seeds are normally ground into a powder for culinary use and are often roasted before grinding as this enhances the flavour. Ground Coriander has a very short shelf life so should always be freshly prepared.