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

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Furikake is a dried seasoning of crumbled, chopped, and powdered ingredients used as a topping for pretty...
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Fish Maw

Fish maw is the culinary term for the inflatable bladder fish have that allows them to control...
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Fugu is a Japanese puffer fish. And before we talk any more about it, first thing’s first:...
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Flying Fish Eggs

If you’re a fan of sushi, you’ve almost certainly come across flying fish eggs — also known...
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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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Fish Cakes

Made from ground fish and flour and then steamed or fried
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Fried Bean Curd

If you’re thinking this sounds familiar but you can’t quite put your finger on it, it’s probably...
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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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Five Spice Powder

Mixture of spices used in Chinese cuisine
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Fish Sauce

Sauce made from fermented fish used widely in Southeast Asian cuisine
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