Monthly Archives: September 2014

A brief visit to South Philly’s Indonesian neighborhood

In South Philly there is an area west of Broad St in between Tasker St and Snyder Ave, where you can find many culinary staples and treats that are unique to Indonesia.  Today I took a long overdue trip there … Continue reading

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Recent book finds

This week I was in New York, and I came across a bookstore that specializes in out-of-print cookbooks.  You can find this place, Bonnie Slotnick Cookboooks, at 163 W 10th St in Greenwich Village.  I left there with two unique … Continue reading

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Tiny eggplants and prahok pork dip

I found tiny pea-sized eggplants at my local Cambodian market in North Philly.  This fruit (Solanum torvum, aka turkey berry) is commonly used in Thailand, and is known there as “cluster eggplant”, or makheua phuong มะเขือพวง.  In Thai food, perhaps … Continue reading

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Three essential Cambodian flavors and sour beef soup

Lately I’ve been exploring prepared food containers of the refrigerator section at a my favorite Asian markets as well as expanding my understanding of Cambodian food. The nearest Asian market to my house is Seng Hong Oriental Market, over on … Continue reading

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Kaffir lime leaves and kaffir limes

Our kaffir lime (มะกรูด makrut in Thai) tree is starting to produce fruit! The leaves and fruit of the kaffir lime tree (citrus hystrix) are intensely fragrant.  The leaves provide a key flavor in Thai curries, soups, and stir-frys.  You … Continue reading

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