The Kumquat: A symbol of good luck

During a Sunday afternoon walk through a food market I came across a tiny orange that looked like a citrus fruit, the size and shape just slightly bigger than an olive – known as Kinkan or Kumquat. This fruit is native to south-eastern parts of the mountains in China and has four varieties – Nagami…

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Tiana Tay = Tayste.sg

A friend of mine, Tiana Tay, after realising she had food intolerances was forced to think out of the box and be more nutritive focused. We’ve had many a discussion about food and health and I felt she was someone who could definitely share her experiences with us. Let’s talk to Tiana and find out…

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Durian

When I first walked through Asian fruit markets, I noticed there was a strong odour. It’s something I’ve learnt you either love or hate. The odour (in my opinion) is a combination of smelly socks and rotten meat and is known as the Durian, or the “King of fruits” as regarded by many people in…

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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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