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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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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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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Coconut

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the Bounty chocolate bar (yummy! says my wife)  – why you ask – it’s because of the coconut. Soon after relocating to South East Asia I got to explore more about coconuts and the tropical tree itself. The term coconut can refer to many things: the entire coconut…

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Komang Skradayasa: When you have a great drink in your hand with good people, you’re always going to have the best time.

Komang is very talented bartender who is based in the middle of Bali Island in a haven called Ubud. Komang is the head mixologist/bartender at Room4dessert which is owned by Will Goldfarb. Don’t let his age fool you, he’s been working with spirits since before he could drink. His skills and hospitality as a bartender…

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Cocoa aka Cacao

I don’t know about you, but I personally love dark chocolate. On a recent trip to Bali with my family, we visited a chocolate farm and learnt how chocolate is made. The kids loved the activity and as a bonus they got to take home their handmade chocolate bars. So what is Cacao? Cacao, cocoa,…

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Nutmeg & Mace

Once upon a time, nutmeg was one of the most valuable spices. It has been said that in England, several hundred years ago, a few nutmeg nuts could be sold for enough money to allow one to live comfortably for the rest of their life. What we know as Nutmeg, is actually the hard brown…

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