Cooking with vegetable oil

Cooking With Vegetable Oil: The Dos and Don’ts

When cooking with vegetable oil, it can be helpful to know the vegetable from the oil was derived. The typical grocery store vegetable oil is sometimes a blend of assorted vegetable oils, but at other times it will be one type of oil. For example, vegetable oil is often 100 …

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Mizuame Substitute

What’s A Good Mizuame Substitute?

Mizuame is a Japanese sweetener traditionally made from rice and that consists mostly of maltose. You will need it to get the glossy sheen seen on some Japanese confections. Mizuame may not be an easy product to find outside of Japan, even in Asian grocery stores; however, many alternatives are …

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Sweet Bean Sauce Vs. Hoisin

Sweet Bean Sauce Vs. Hoisin: SPICEography Showdown

Sweet bean sauce and hoisin sauce are two Chinese condiments with similar flavors and consistencies. It’s important to note here that many articles and recipes online refer to hoisin sauce as sweet bean sauce and vice versa. As a result, some people may believe that they are interchangeable, but they …

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Mizuame: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Mizuame is a traditional form of Japanese candy made using rice. The name translates to water candy. Other names for it include millet jelly. The name is sometimes written as mizu-ame. Mizuame’s origin goes back to the Heian era (794-1185). It was used to make amezaiku candy that was used …

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What’s A Good Prahok Substitute?

Prahok is one of the fundamental ingredients in Cambodian cuisine. It is important enough that it will be difficult to make most Khmer dishes without it. It might not be the easiest ingredient to find if you don’t live in Cambodia or a location with a sizable population of Cambodian …

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Currywurst Sauce: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Currywurst sauce is the condiment for currywurst, a popular German street food. Currywurst consists of a regular grilled bratwurst over which currywurst sauce has been poured. Currywurst sauce is commonly described as ketchup with curry powder added to it and is sometimes referred to as curry ketchup; however, purists claim …

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Prahok: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Prahok is a Cambodian staple. It is a paste typically made from the freshwater fish called trey riel. The fish has the same name as Cambodia’s currency, which is the Riel. The fish’s English name is mud carp. Records show that for much of its history, fresh and saltwater fish …

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Anglesey Sea Salt

Anglesey Sea Salt: History, Flavor, Benefits, Uses

Anglesey sea salt is harvested from the Menai Strait in Anglesey. This salt is renowned for its purity and flavor. The purity of Anglesey sea salt is visible in that it is brilliantly white without being artificially bleached. Anglesey is a small island to the northwest of Wales with a …

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