Can’t get Thai Sweet Basil? You can still make this chilli paste. Use any fresh basil leaves you can get your hands on, and you’ll have a basil chilli paste. Thai holy basil, or tulsi, will go great in this. If I’m having noodles, same thing, a spoonful of it on the side to spice […]
First published 2015. Republished with updated content Jan 2021.
Pandan, a type of screwpine, is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking. With its sweet, fragrant, grassy aroma, it is widely used in both savoury and sweet dishes. First published March 2012. Updated May 2019. Pandanus amaryllifolius is the culinary pandan that we know. It is a tropical plant that grows freely in many parts of […]
Kangkung Belacan is a very traditional and popular vegetable stir fry found in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the surrounding countries. (First published September 2011. Updated April 2019.) It is, quite possibly, my favourite vegetable dish. Ever. So colour me flabbergasted when I discovered the vegetable on Ocado, in their “What’s New” section. Ocado is an […]
Fresh coconut milk is always best but many of us outside of Asia, unfortunately, do not have this luxury. As with any ingredient, get the best that you can afford, the same goes for coconut milk. Get the one that has the least added ingredients – just coconut milk and water is the best. If […]
Green papaya is just the younger, unripe version of the orange fleshed variety that you are probably used to. Unless you have a good Thai or South East Asian supplier nearby, a green papaya is not going to be easy to come by. But hey, in this modern world of online shopping, hardly anything is impossible to […]