Langsat aka The Bon Bon Fruit

It was on our last road trip to Bali, when my wife Zurina suddenly became a little girl. She was transported back to her childhood memories when she recognised a small oval fruit that looked like small young potatoes, but with a sweet fruity scent. She screamed “….. oh baby, you have to try langsat,…

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Mangosteen: The Monkey Fruit

Bali is a tropical island full of amazing surprises and one of them is an amazing fruit similar to lychee called mangosteen, which was introduced to us via Komang, the young bartender from Room4Dessert, based in Ubud, Bali. Mangosteen is a sap tree and belongs to the Clusiaceae family with more than 200 species found…

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Orange Blossom: The Essence of Spring

Recently it was national Orange Blossom Day. You might be wondering what does orange blossom have to do with the Indigenous bartender, well let’s take look… The Orange Blossom is the fragrant flower that comes from an orange tree, which is commonly used in the perfume industry. Some people say that it is an aphrodisiac.…

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Pomelo: The largest citrus fruit

When I look back in time and think of what types of citruses have been used in cocktails, I realized that you can probably count them all on one hand…lime, lemon, orange and grapefruit. But then you look at all the different cuisines all around the world, each calling for different types of citrus…that got…

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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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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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Yuzu: From your bath to your kitchen

Recently, I overheard a conversation between my friend and his child. …“Dad, what is yuzu? I only know lemon.” …There was a few seconds of silence, followed up with great response… “Come over and let’s find out together.”… This simple question led me to find out more about this delicate citrus fruit which you usually find…

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Salak, the fruit with snake skin

During my last trip to Bali, I found many new and interesting ingredients to talk about. The one I would like to introduce to everyone today is called “Salak”, commonly known as Snake fruit. What’s even more fascinating is that you can buy it at the Denpasar airport and bring it home with you. The…

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