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It is made from shrimp, sardines and
other small salted fish that have been allowed to ferment in the sun until very
pungent and oderous. Balachan is available in paste, powder or cake form in Asian
Uses: This is a popular
flavoring in Southeast Asian countries cuisine, such as Malaysia, Burma and
Belonging to the mint family, this herb is one of the most
Uses: Great for tomato sauces, pesto, and vinegarettes.
Dried leaves of the Laurel shrub.
Uses: In soups, stocks, sauces, and marinades.
Bell Pepper Flakes:
Dehydrated sweet red and green peppers.
Uses: In soups, sauces, salads, and
Bergamot Flowers (Red, Pink, White and Violet) :
Perfumy, tea-like taste.
Uses:Goes nicely with peach desserts.
Black Bean Sauce:
A plungently flavored bottled
Chinese condiment made from fermented black beans, rice wine and
Uses: Used in Chinese and Asian cooking.
From India, this has a stronger flavour than ordinary salt. Black salt might be just
the thing for the 'lower tables' at a feast, to show their reduced status by contrast with
the pure white salt served in the Great Salt at the head table. Powder the lumps in your mortar.
Large blue flowers. Cucumber-like flavor.
Uses: Great in salads, dips, fruit compotes and candied for desserts. also
known as anchusa.
A bouquet of fresh herbs,
generally tied in a bundle or in a cheesecloth sack. Usual ingredients
include parsley, thyme and bay leaves.
Uses: In soups, meat dishes
Brown Rice Syrup:
Thick syrup made from cracked
brown rice and barley. Also called rice malt.
Uses: Used as a sugar substitute in sweets and desserts.