Thai style sweet chilli sauce or just sweet chilli sauce is a very popular condiment now found across Europe, Australia, Malaysia and America. In Thailand, the sauce is called ‘ nam chim kai ‘ which literally translates as dipping sauce for chicken.
Sichuan pepper is not like any of its namesakes, the smell and taste are unique. It has a citrus aroma, in fact, it is a member of the citrus family and creates a mild pleasant numbness in the mouth.
Tofu or bean curd is made from soy milk. In a process similar to making cheese it is first made into curds which are pressed into blocks.
Douchi ( 豆豉 ) are semi-dried fermented and salted black soybeans used in Chinese cooking. The finished taste is both sweet and salty so the beans are used sparingly as a flavouring to dishes.
Kaffir lime leaves are often used in Thai, Indonesian, Indian and Malaysian recipes to give a unique citrus flavour.
Galangal is a root commonly used in Asian cooking that looks similar to ginger, with a thinner skin. While Galangal looks very similar to ginger, it gives a distinct pepper and citrus flavour to Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian dishes.
Kedgeree is a Victorian Anglo-India dish that is thought to have originated with the British colonial servants returning to Britain after working in India. It was served as a breakfast dish.