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101 Cooking Recipes, Tips, Asian, Desserts, Food Photo Blog

Malaysian Cooking Ingredients – Shallots

Posted on | May 21, 2014

Malaysian Cooking Ingredients – Shallots : tiny round red onions (in Malay – bawang merah), usually pounded as part of a basic seasoning mix and often finely sliced and crisp fried in oil over moderate heat to provide a garnish. If shallots are not available, try to use red or brown onion (1 medium onion equals about 6-8 shallots).

Straw mushroom: (Volvaria esculenta, Volvariella volvacea)

Posted on | May 14, 2014

Straw mushroom: (Volvaria esculenta, Volvariella volvacea) – Also known as ‘paddy straw mushrooms’ after their most common growing environment. They also grow on dried water hyacinth stems, dried legume leaves and chopped, dried banana sterns. Cultivated in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Java, Thailand and the Philippines. Asia’s most important fresh mushrooms, they are very high in protein. Usually try of available canned or dried outside their country of origin, though sometimes found fresh.

In Thailand these mushrooms are allowed to mature beyond their familiar ’embryonic’ stage, and are picked after they break through the volva (veil) that encapsulates them. Once they are open they tend to be tough, so if you are lucky enough to see them fresh, choose immature specimens.

Be very wary of picking and eating what you think may be straw mushrooms because the species amanita, of which many are poisonous and a few deadly, look similar

Burma: hmo
China: chao gwoo
Japan: nameko
Malaysia: cendawan jerami padi
Thailand: hed fang, hed bua, hed nun

Asian Cooking Ingredient – Lemongrass

Posted on | May 8, 2014

Asian Cooking Ingredient – Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) : This fragrant lemony herb, which resembles a miniature leek, is used whole in soups or curries, or pounded as part of the basic spice mix.

When pounding lemon grass (Malay – Serai), slice off the root end and use only the tender bottom portion (about 10 cm / 4 inch); slice before pounding or blending. Dried or powdered lemon grass (often sold under the Indonesian name, sereh) can be used as a substitute. About 1 tsp powder equals 1 stalk of lemon grass.

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