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Could I possibly tell imitation lobster from real lobster?

There's a shop in my neighborhood that sells lobster rolls. Every time that I order one, it's packed with "lobster" meat and a little bit of mayo. At $15, I feel that I am getting a great deal. But ...
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Giant parsnip from Korean shop

I bought a vegetable from a Korean food store which all I can describe as is a parsnip with the same dimensions but about two feet long. Is there a name for this?
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What is the spicy kick in “Kraft Tangy Spaghetti” box meal?

So, since I've lived at home, there has been a boxed spaghetti mix that has always been especially good to me. The thing I like about it is a subtle heat of some kind of pepper or spice. I've tried ...
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Dutch vegetable cordon-bleu

I am looking for the name of a dish that I used to eat a few years ago in The Hague, Netherlands. It looked like a cordon-bleu stuffed with chopped vegetables (carrots, onions, fennel, and maybe ...
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Can someone identify this food?

I saw my friend eating this Asian snack, either Japanese or Chinese, which I've seen before in those Asian markets. It is hard to describe, but it looks like a ball of dough, with a clearish color. It ...
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What is the Chinese celery and cabbage appetizer called and how is it made?

My favorite Chinese restaurant for 30 years closed a few months ago. Back many years ago they had an appetizer that they served when you were seated that was excellent. It was very simple, only ...
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Tzaziki: the drink, not the sauce

One night in Rome, I had the most amazing drink. It had cucumber and sugar, some unidentifiable alcohol (gin? Vodka?), and I believe mint. The menu identified it as tzaziki, but I've been unable to ...
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Name of the tea with tiny green leaves

please help me to identify the tea that I tried a long time ago: very small bright green leaves (3-5 mm long), after brewing leaves became fully open, with very accurate undamaged leaves, the tea brew ...
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Commercial Sponge Cake Improver?

Many years ago (35+) my grandmother received a container of a 'sponge cake improver' from a family member whom was a commercial baker. She describes it as looking like a thick amber liquid or paste. ...
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What kind of steak is this?

I'm trying to identify what this steak is typically called, so I can know whether I am trimming and preparing it properly. I've been unable to find any photos of similar cuts. I recently purchased a ...
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Cabbage Slaw w/ Teriyaki?

I recently had some spicy chicken teriyaki. It came with a side of what was just cabbage in some clear liquid. I've not had luck identifying it online, any idea what it may have been? It was a bit ...
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Need help identifying 2 ingredients in homemade chicken biryani

I am very fortunate to work in an office where I am one of about 3 caucasians for around 100 people originating from Asia. Yesterday, we had a pot luck, and one of the dishes was a fantastic chicken ...
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Help identifying Turkish dessert

Anyone familiar with Turkish cuisine know what this is? I had this in Istanbul. All I could gather from the owner was that it is made of milk. The texture was like a very moist cake. The taste was ...
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Identify this unusual spicy appetizer

A friend of mine years back related a story about an appetizer that he ordered at an Asian restaurant that was apparently quite unusual. It was a bowl of something (possibly peppers or another ...
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Help in identifying a Thai condiment

At my favorite local Thai restaurant, they have a trio of spicy condiments available to add to your food. Of the three, one is chile-garlic sauce, one is a crushed dried red pepper of some kind, and ...
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What is (was) cocavello?

What is or what was a cocavello drink? Does someone know, what ingredients it contained and if it is still used (drinked) somewhere around the globe? What I managed to find out so far is: Mentioned ...
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What is this food “cr of leek and pot 21814”?

I was given some food, one of which is named "cr of leek and pot 21814" I am not sure what it is. Can anyone tell me how to cook it? Is it vegetable, staple, or ...? should I store it in freezer ...
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Help in identifying Scandinavian dessert recipe

Background -- I made this recipe as part of a group project (in college) that was preparing different foods from around the world. My group had Scandinavia, but as I didn't find this recipe (one of ...
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What is the name of this Ukrainian bread?

As part of a welcoming ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden ate a certain type of bread in a salt and bread ceremony put on by the very hospitable Ukrainians in July of 2009.. It was not your every day ...
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Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY?

Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY? Do you know where to buy? In 1992, a realtor in Edison, NJ, gave me one of these wonderful candies. She didn't know where to buy more because the ...
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Can anyone identify this Chinese candy?

We just grabbed our customary mint on our way out of the Asian Bistro by our house but when we opened it, it wasn't a mint and the wrapper was almost all in Chinese (I think). It was an Asian bistro, ...
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What is this sushi?

I'm trying to identify what kind of sushi is featured at the bottom right of this picture of a display of what seems to be mainly nigiri sushi. The yellow, spongy looking one. Can anyone name what ...
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What is Balkan bread?

A few years ago, I went to a restaurant on the water in Tel Aviv-Yafo called Manta Ray. They served this most exceptional bread they called Balkan bread. It reminded me a little of a focaccia in ...
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What's this yellow plum-like fruit with a spiky stone? West Africa

I recently bought a couple of these from a fruit seller in Sierra Leone. On the right is the stone after eating the fruit. They're small-ish, a similar size to a lime or a kiwi fruit. I asked the ...
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How can I tell the difference between a rabbit and a cat?

I received a shipment of prefabricated skinned rabbit last week and the shipment seemed unusual. Rabbits have a very close resemblance to cats once their “hair” and skin have been removed. Is there a ...
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Russian Pierogi (Kinda)

When I was younger, we had a yearly "Taste of Tacoma" in Tacoma, WA. There was a booth that had this Russian, I think, pierogi. However, I remember what I had as being round like a baseball with at ...
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Black Diamond cheddar, wedge not wheel

I bought some Black Diamond cheddar today and it came in a large wedge of black wax. By large I mean it was maybe 12" x 8" x 8" thick. A really big wedge. Also, it looked like it was not cut from a ...
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What is glooi in English?

Warning! As is discussed in the comments to the answer, the plant and tuber may be poisonous and must be cooked by experts. I went to a village market in NE Thailand. They had many products from "the ...
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Can you identify these chiles on sale in Serbia and Macedonia?

In the market in Niš, Serbia yesterday there were the most beautiful capsicums (bell peppers, red peppers) and chiles on display that I've ever seen. But also on sale were these "ugly" ones that I ...
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What nut did I find? [closed]

I ask this knowing that it's possibly borderline off-topic, but I don't see a Botany SE site where I could ask, so... A few days ago I stumbled (literally) upon an odd little fruit that had fallen ...
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“Old wild west” secret sauce

I don't know if the "Old Wild West" franchise even exists outside of Italy, but I'll give it a shot anyway. In those restaurants they serve this sauce, which colors resembles much the one of a ...
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Food identification in fajitas - yellow sauce

I'm looking for the name of a yellow/ochre colored sauce, used in fajitas among other things. I've been to a tiny Mexican restaurant a couple of times and in there the guy made his fajitas with such a ...
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What is the type of cheese in “chips and cheese” UK fast-food? (with photos)

I went to England a few years ago for a couple months. I took pictures of a fast-food dish, "chips and cheese" that is uncommon where I live. More than that, the taste of the cheese intrigued me. The ...
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What is this “Egyptian Coffee”?

I came across this video on Facebook, which allegedly demonstrates some sort of "Egyptian Coffee" making technique. What exactly is the video showing? Where can I read more about this coffee making ...
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Who knows what this fruit is called?

It has a slightly thick skin like an apple, semi-dry and grainy texture, with a slight apple flavor, about the size of a large grape, with one pit, reminiscent of that of a date.
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Identify this seafood from the Black Sea known in Romanian as “rapane”?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster" when I ask. But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing ...
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How to choose sweet mangoes from market? [duplicate]

Mangoes are of many different kinds and all of them testes a lot different from each other. My question is which one are the best mangoes and how to choose them from the hip off mangoes? are there ...
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What is the name of this Israeli street food?

When I was in Israel a few years back I tried this really great street food. I had gotten the recipe, but now have lost it and don't remember what it was called. It is a cross between a pancake and a ...
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What kind of soup is this lady most likely making?

I was watching Gordon's Great Escape: Vietnamese and they do a scene with an old lady selling soup. However, it isn't clear what kind of soup she actually makes only that it at the very least contains ...
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Saw this at my local chinese grocery

This was near the seafood section in a big vat of ice at my local chinese grocery. What the heck is this?
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Food Identification: Restaurant outside Batu Caves in Malaysia, what did we eat?

I had a meal in one of the restaurants at the base of the Batu Caves in Malaysia that served a dish that I quite liked, but I failed to record what I ordered. I'm looking on Google Maps and I believe ...
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How can I tell the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

I have a jar containing yeast but I'm not sure whether it is instant or active dry. Is there any way to tell the difference? Thanks.
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What is the name of this french food?

One of my friends is in Paris (France), and he posted this photo from a restaurant there . Does anyone know the name of this dish ?
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Can you help me identify these cookies?

Can you help me identify all the cookies in this picture? General name is fine, like 2 is Gingerbread. Sorry if it is unclear from the picture, but this is all the info I have.
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What is this fungus/lichen in my Garam Masala? (“Trifle”/truffle?)

I just bought a lovely bag of Garam Masala, and was all ready to grind some when I got home! But when I opened it, I found something I didn’t recognise — at first I thought something had gone mouldy, ...
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What are 'boiling potatoes'?

If a recipe calls for 'boiling potatoes', what variety(ies) is it referring to, and why? Example Recipes: Punjabi-Style Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ginger (Aloo Gobi) Potato and Cauliflower Curry ...
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Help identify a strange root vegetable

The other day I ventured into a grocery store that sold a lot of root vegetables that I have never seen before. One of the vegetables was a large round thing, and when I poked it, grey 'smoke' came ...
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Canadian meat/fat “candy”

In the 1970's in Canada (Ontario), I ate this food, it was referred to as "candy". However, it was some sort of fatback/bacon type of stuff (though I don't remember any meat, it was just soft fat ...
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What is this dipped powder cookie called?

After hunting around online for "black and white cookies" and "powdered sugar and cocoa powder cookies", I can't find what kind of cookie I am looking for. Not the black and white glazed cookie: I ...
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How to prepare this (Chinese) snack?

I've bought a bag of small dried and salted fish at my local Chinese market. My guess was that the thingies could be eaten right out of the box, but they are too bony and salty. I guess they need ...