Chef Eric Ripert In The Kitchen
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Eric Ripert

Image courtesy of Eric Ripert on Twitter. When Gilbert Le Coze, Le Bernardin’s 48 year-old chef, died suddenly from a heart attack Eric Ripert, the restaurant’s 29 year-old Executive Chef was asked to step up. In the world of four-star restaurants, Ripert insists that the show must go on, and food service stops for nothing, […]

Southeast Asian Meal Photo by insatiablemunch
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Southeast Asian Cuisine

Photo by insatiablemunch  An Introduction To Southeast Asian Cooking Southeast Asia is a cook’s paradise, and an eater’s as well. The food is truly art: tastes mingle with subtle complexity, and presentation is spectacular. The region stretches east from India and Bangladesh to the southern border of China, encompassing the mainland countries of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, […]

Palm Sugar
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Palm Sugar

Palm Sugar Photo by stu_spivack  Palm sugar is often used in Indian cooking as well as Thai cooking. The dark-brown colored and crumbly sugar is also called gur or jaggery, is made from the sap of the sugar palm, or it can also be made from the palmyra palm. The tree trunk tree is tapped to drain the […]

Galangal Photo by Ruth and Dave
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Galangal

Photo by Ruth and Dave  In Laos and Indonesia, Galangal is called “Blue Ginger”, in Thailand it is called “ka” or “kha” in , and Malaysia it is known as “lengkaus“. This root is a member of the ginger family and looks like ginger, but ginger may not be substituted for it. Both Persian and Southeast Asian […]

Indian Food Photo by PublicDomainPictures
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Indian Cuisine

Photo by PublicDomainPictures India is huge; its geography and climate ranges from the landlocked mountains around Kashmir, to the fertile Ganges river valley, to the arid Deccan plateau, to the steamy coastal regions around Goa and Madras. Her cooking is as varied as her land, and so, with apologies to the illimitable reality, here is […]

Tamarind
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Tamarind

Photo by tacowitte  Tamarind, the sweet and sour fruit of the tamarind tree, is native to Asia and northern Africa and is also grown in the Caribbean. Like lemon, tamarind brings an acidic zing to food. Tamarind, along with a host of other flavors, gives Worcestershire sauce its je ne sais quoi. Sometimes, tamarind seeds are […]

Coconut Milk
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Coconut Milk

Photo by ewige  No, believe it or not, coconut milk — an indispensable ingredient in most Southeast Asian cooking — is not the liquid inside a coconut. It is made by soaking the grated flesh of a coconut in hot water or scalded milk, then straining the combination. Coconut milk is classified as thick, thin, or […]