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

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Atka Mackeral

Also called hakke in Japanese, Atka mackerel are caught in the cold waters in the northern Pacific...
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Sweet azuki bean paste used in various Asian desserts
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Annatto Seed

A seed from the achiote tree primarily used for it's color.
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Agar Agar

A gelatinous setting agent used widely in Asian desserts
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The azuki bean is usually sweetened to be used in Asian desserts such as taiyaki or mooncakes
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Asian Pear

Fruit native to Asia that is crisper than traditional pears
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