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Gai Lan/Chinese Broccoli -- (Brassica alboglabra) From the mustard family, gai lan has smooth, thick green stems and small, white flowers. Gai lan has a stronger flavor than its relative, choy sum. Gai lan is a common ingredient in stir-fries. Excellent with oyster sauce.

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Curry Leaves -- They resemble small narrow bay leaves, but with a stronger more aromatic flavour. Toasted, roasted, or sautèd in oil to bring out their flavour. Dried curry leaves lose their flavour within days, however the leaves can be frozen fairly well.

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Ghee -- Clarified butter used for cooking in India. This butter has had all the milk solids removed from it. This makes it extraordinary long lasting and allows you to cook at higher temperatures than with raw butter. You can, in most recipes, substitute unsalted butter.

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Portobello Mushroom -- The Portobello mushroom is a larger, hardier relative of the White and Crimini and can be up to 6 inches in diameter. Portobellos have a longer growing cycle than Whites and Criminis resulting in a deep, meat-like texture and flavor.

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Sriracha Chili Sauce -- Sriracha is made from sun ripened chilies which are ground into a smooth paste along with garlic. It's a good spicy sauce to put in Asian dishes. We're not sure if Dane uses more ketchup or Sriracha. Our favorite brand is from Huy Fong Foods (it's the one with the rooster on the bottle.)

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Szechuan Peppercorns -- Not actually peppercorns (Piper Nigrum) but actually the flower bud from the prickly ash tree. Has a great smoky/spicy flavour, quite different from regular pepper. This is one of the spices in Chinese five spice powder. Also known as anise pepper, Chinese pepper, fagara, flower pepper, sansho and Sichuan pepper. There was an import ban due to the buds carrying a citrus canker. It appears there's a standardized heat treatment now, so this should be more commonly available.


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