Sunday, 30 November 2008

Spice

As I mentioned before I went to a Asian supermarket the other day. Usually I stand there completely confused by the ingredients on sale. So this time, in a swotty mood, I wrote down the names (when there were names):
But it hasn't helped much. I'm googling these names and nothing is coming up. Then I came across this site Thai market herbs and spices that usefully gives both the English and Thai names. Also this site: Epicentre seems quite informative.

Praew- kaffir lime leaves
Chapli leaves- still don't know
Green peppercorns- fresh; are good in Thai soups.
Pickled; are great on cheese on toast and any cheesy dishes(one of my store cupboard faves)
Coconut tip- googling it, all I get is tips on how to use coconut, not coconut tip.
Mimosa-no culinary information
Chinese chive flower- yes! slightly garlicky tasting chives.
Pak kayang- I guess it's this
Kra cha- haven't managed to find this one.
Pandan leaves- nutty taste, can be marinated in coconut milk, good with rice and desserts.
Don kae- no idea.
Holy basil-not to be confused with Thai basil, or Thai lemon basil, or basil. Good stir-fried with noodles. A rather medicinal taste.
Galangal- is like a milder form of ginger with lime 
Lemon grass- this is well known. But I am still not sure that I'm using it properly. I try to buy fresh looking stalks, peel the outer leaves off, then chop, grind up the softer inner part. However it's still quite stringy. You can freeze it for 6 months.

I also bought some typically Morroccan spice ras-el-hanout from Tesco. It's divine. I could just eat it raw. 

3 comments:

  1. Raz el hanout is my favourite spice!!! it literally means "everything good in the shop" ;-)

    It's a mixture of several different spices & some versions are better than others, I found one I adore...I buy it at the market in Calvisson.

    I use it in everything practically.

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  2. Hi Juanita
    So lovely to hear from you! Welcome to my blog (s).

    Lots of love

    xxx

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  3. They sell Krachai in New Loon Moon on Gerrard Street in Chinatown, along with a lot of other Thai ingredients. I don't rate it much, it tastes (to me) like muddy ginger.

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