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A glossary of common, and not-so-common, Asian ingredients and terms.

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Ginger Buds

Ginger buds are popular in Japan, where they’re harvested from the young myoga plant, also known as...
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A meaty, low calorie vegetable used in several Asian dishes
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Fuzzy Melon

While it’s called a melon, the fuzzy melon is actually a wax gourd. It’s grown in southern...
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Also known as butterbur, fuki is a stalk vegetable used in Japanese cuisine and as a Korean...
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A white radish commonly used in a variety of Asian cooking
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A fun fact about coriander that not everyone knows? It’s the same thing as cilantro.
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The delicious coconut is ubiquitous with the tropics and its use goes beyond just food. In Southeast...
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Durian, a fruit belonging belonging to the genus Durio, is found exclusively in Southeast Asia.
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Chinese Chives

While chives are used in many cuisines around the world, Chinese chives have a stronger flavor than...
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Choy Sum

Chinese cabbage with small edible flowers
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Chrysanthemum Leaves

A special variety of chrysanthemum popular for culinary purposes, these leaves come from the plant also known...
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Obviously cucumbers are popular not just in many Asian cuisines, but in lots of Western cooking too!...
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