Jamun: As Flavourful as Plums

I remember that as a little boy, my parents harvested plums in our garden every year and all my brothers loved them, be it fresh, pickled, in desserts and later as a traditional plum eau de vie called Slivovitz.  So imagine my surprise when I met a small grape (here in Singapore) with a flavor…

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Cassia Bark: Aromatic Bark

I fell in love with cassia bark as well as many other spices and botanicals during my working experience in London cocktail bars; Graphic and Zetter Townhouse, where I learnt all about gin. One of these very interesting ingredients is the cassia bark. Cinnamomum cassia or Chinese cinnamon tree originates from Southern China where it…

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The Mango Walk

During one of my recent sweet cravings, my wife and I decided to learn more about asian desserts. One of my favorite asian dessert is sticky rice pudding with fresh mango….. Hm … yummy.. While we were reading and searching, we realised how there are many different types of mangoes as well as many other…

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Rice & Its Culinary Uses

In the previous article, we talked about the history, production and origins of rice. Rice is very important to humans as a form of food and has been at the center of several different cuisines for many centuries. And so, it has naturally also found its way into the culinary segment of pleasure aka alcoholic…

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Shochu

With attention on Japan for the 2020 Olympics and its world renowned whiskies, I have a question for you readers: What other alcoholic beverages is Japan known for? I’m sure you’re aware of sake, beer, umeshu…but what else is there? One of the misunderstood alcoholic beverages by westerners is shochu, which is often mistaken as Japanese vodka.…

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