Pandan

Have you ever visited Asia and experienced a very pleasant, bready and nutty aroma during a taxi ride? I know I have! When I asked the taxi uncle, “What is that smell?”, he replied with it’s “Pandan, it keeps away the cockroaches” with smile on his face.   Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant/ bush grass which…

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Indonesian Arak

By Guest Contributor: Lisa Virgiano Indonesian Arak, a type of distilled alcohol that is classified differently from other more commonly known distilled alcohols coming from Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. Indonesian arak has a unique after taste, depending on the source material, producing region, and the way it is made. It can be produced…

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Custard Apple

During my last market visit, I noticed a green fruit in the shape of a ball with hard skin protruding in small segments, which reminded me of an army grenade. When we purchased the fruit, my wife and I were amazed by it’s juicy sweet flesh and vanilla undertones. We had to find out more… Custard apple is…

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Jackfruit – The Miracle Fruit

Lately, there has been news going around the world about the miracle fruit, which I was aware of, from local Singapore food markets, but never paid attention to it. The fruit is called jackfruit. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. The exterior of this compound fruit is either green or yellow when ripe. The…

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Palm Sugar

While I was wandering around food markets in Singapore, I found brown sweet cakes of different colours and shades. When I asked the uncle in the store what it is, he looked at me like I was martian and said that they were “one of the most essential ingredients for cooking young man, it is…

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Asam Kranji

During my stay in Bali, I was introduced to several interesting ingredients which I never heard of due to their subtropical origins and Asam Kranji is one of them. So what is Asam Kranji? Asam Kranji is a tropical fruit tree, which produces grape-sized edible fruits with brown hard inedible shells. An interesting fact is that it is…

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