Questions tagged [food-identification]

When you can provide photos or description of a food you've seen or heard of but don't know its English name.

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Identifying a type of Pizza Topping

I was looking at the tiny nation of Brunei on Google Maps, and I noticed they have a Pizza-Hut there, not too many details but a few photos were attached and there was a Pizza that I didn't recognise, ...
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What are these clear parts in beef steak?

I can identify the large white strips as inter-muscular fat, the red meat as muscle, and the small white parts throughout the muscle as intra-muscular fat, but what is the clear tissue (circled in ...
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What is this plant? Is it edible?

I bought a bunch of cilantro today. Some of these leaves were mixed in with the cilantro. What are they? Are they edible?
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What is this leafy green with a sharp taste, and how do I safely use/cook it?

I recently purchased this vegetable at a farmers' market without getting its name. It was marketed as organic/fresh/local in the Northeastern United States in late September. The leaves are thin and ...
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What is the animal product in pizza sauce in korea

I am currently in S.korea, I was checking the ingredients of pizza in a small local restaurant, because I follow halal diet, and I was surprised to find that there is animal product in the sauce. So ...
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What's 香茜 or 芫荽 in English?

Many Hong Kong Cuisine restaurants use 香茜 or 芫荽 in soup dishes. Please see the picture below. Are 香茜 or 芫荽 the same species of plant? What's the correct English translation? I'm hankering to buy ...
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Is there a term for “mildly scrambled” eggs?

I'm of the impression that "scrambled eggs" means the eggs are completely beaten to where the yolk and white are completely blended before being cooked. And "over easy/medium/hard" ...
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What kind of cheese “skin” is this?

I regularly buy Frico's Beech Wood Smoked Processed Cheese but there's this outer layer, kind of like a skin that I don't understand what it is really. Label, just in case: The cheese is, firstly, ...
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Are these Bay Leaves?

I bought what I thought were bay leaves because they were very cheap. Physically speaking, they behave like bay leaves when cooked (they stay hard even when boiled for along time in a stew). But, I ...
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What is this gourd-like vegetable?

I don't know the name of the fruit in English and hence I'm attaching the figure if it. I don't know the exact name of the vegetable. But I'm guessing the following names: sponge gourd, luffa ...
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What is this celery like vegtable?

We found this at a local food bank, and couldn't resist but have no idea what it is. We live in the bay area of California, so there are any number of communities it could have come from. Any help is ...
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Is there a name for this French Toast variation?

Recently we made french toast for lunch at home. However there was come miscommunication, and my better half made pikelet mixture instead of prepping the milk/eggs mix one would normally expect. ...
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What is this seafood that I bought in a Chinese market?

Can someone tell what is the food here?
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How do I tell guar gum from xanthan?

I purchased both guar gum and xanthan gum in little unmarked baggies from the bulk section of my local health foods store. This was months ago and since I foolishly forgot to label them, now I have ...
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Bean curd that is spiraled

I'm looking for a particular type of bean curd which I used to get from a Chinese restaurant a few years ago before it closed and I haven't been able to find it anywhere (The servers there didn't know ...
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How to tell pre-sliced, raw mutton from beef?

Given two plates of raw, thinly sliced meat (e.g. hot pot or Korean BBQ), how can one reliably disambiguate beef from mutton? Both appear as thin slices of red meat, with similar texture and marbling....
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Mushroom soy sauce, brand identification or substitution

I am hoping someone knows what brand this. A few years ago I found this mushroom soy sauce. It was exceedingly thick, very darkly colored (almost stained one's fingers, it was so dark and ...
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what is this seed?

It looks like lentils but is yellow. Same size.
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Astringent Dishes

Are there any dishes that make prominent use of astringency? I understand that often some of the ingredients in a dish are astringent, but are there any dishes where astringency is deliberately ...
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What kind of vegetable has pink and white concentric rings?

What kind of vegetable is pictured here with the pink and white concentric rings? They look like they might be some kind of beet or radish.
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What is the bright red ingredient in Japanese chicken curry katsu?

I have had chicken curry katsu at different restaurants in different countries, and there is always a diced bright red ingredient, the color of a tomato, put on like a garnish. Some told me it was a ...
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Chips/Fries Bake Identification

Not sure if this belongs here but I've a family recipe that is effectively a pasta bake but instead of pasta you use skinny chips (UK) / french fries (USA). It came from an Aunt who lived in Canada ...
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Most popular choices based on the concern of ingredients [closed]

For example I can name it these choices: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic etc., Is there any other style options?
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Help identifying squash

Hi, everyone – – I’m wondering if I could get some help identifying this type of squash. I grew it in my garden, and the plant seedling was marked as a pattypan squash, which it’s obviously not! The ...
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What is this plant I saw for sale at a Romanian farmer's market?

I was at an agricultural market in Baia Mare, Romania and several vendors were selling this plant that looks like the tips of a pine tree. I didn't ask for a name and didn't handle it, so I can't tell ...
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What's the name of this Indian dish I had?

I had a dish recently at an Indian restaurant called Andhra(?) chicken. It was written in marker so I'm not sure about the h in there. The dish consisted of breaded pieces of chicken that were fried ...
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What is the English name of these sea snails?

What is the English name of sea snails sold in Vietnam that the Vietnamese labelled as Ốc bông & Ốc tỏi (Vietnamese)? Ốc bông Ốc tỏi
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Please help identifying this herb

I can’t figure out what herb this is. It tastes kind of bitter!
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Israeli soda type drink

Recently I had this amazing drink in a "Israeli style bistro" in St Petersburg, Russia. I can't remember the exact name, something beginning with 'J', like Jollo, Jalla or something. It had a really ...
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What is tofu that's crispy outside and fluffy inside called?

I sometime eat asian dishes having tofu cubes. The tofu looks a bit fried, it is a bit crispy on the outside but quite soft and fluffy inside. I love this texture combo, I would eat a whole wok of it! ...
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French (?) pastry on the cover of a book

Georges Lefebvre's "The French Revolution" has this lovely pastry on its cover (see below).Does anyone know what this is and how to make it?
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What is this waxed root vegetable?

I recently ordered a grocery delivery from Whole Foods, and as I was ordering I noticed they had rutabagas, which I've never had before, so I decided to try them. What I got was this: They don't look ...
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Fruit identification - Fruit bought in China

Does anyone know what this fruit is? I bought some from a lady in Yangshuo, China. It’s sweet and crunchy. Tastes a bit like an apricot mixed with a peach... Fruit and seed shown in picture. I have ...
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What's the name of this dish (or name of fish) in these pictures?

the following dish calls for Roasted Tomato and Saffron Vinaigrette (also called bouillabaisse?). My cookbook says they're excellent for fish dishes. Do you know what's the name of the fish (or dish) ...
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salamande(?): name of bread

Last weekend, I had a delicious bread, whose name was Sal-ra-man-d. Since English is not my native language, its name was written in non-english. It sounds like french. But I don't know its exact name....
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What would you call this cut of pork?

I got a cut from an asian grocery store yesterday that was labeled as Pork Belly, but what I got is this: That's the top-down view; the cut is under an inch thick. There's a portion in the upper ...
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What is the name and preparation style of this type of tofu?

I am looking for the name of and the preparation style of a type of "shredded tofu" found in Vietnamese vegetarian style garden/spring rolls. This is the style of roll I am talking about. Shredded ...
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What is the difference between kosher dill pickles and Polish dill pickles?

What is the difference in taste between kosher dill pickles and polish dill pickles? Do they have any visual distinctions that would make it possible to differentiate between them on sight?
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Can you help me identify this garnish?

I recently visited a restaurant and was served this gorgeous lemon meringue tart. Can you help me identify which plant this green garnish belongs to?
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What is the coating of this spring roll called, and how is it made?

I had these spring rolls at a restraunt, but as you can see the outside was quite different to the 'normal' spring rolls I usually see. The texture is light and crispy and looks 'stringy (but doesn't ...
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What is this spiky-leaved Mexican plant with large seed pods? [closed]

Is this plant edible? Location: Mexico
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What is this cut of meat? Ideas on what to make?

I have this leftover chunk of meat in my freezer, and I foolishly did not label it. Does anyone recognize it? I just need to know enough to be able to cook it. At the very least whether it is ...
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What is this paste I got from boiling down coconut “whey”?

I have been fascinated with taking byproducts of a fresh coconut, and this time I got this sweet and very sour paste from boiling down coconut "whey" First, let me explain what is this coconut whey : ...
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What is this bean called?

Please identify these. The beans are very large as you can see in relation to the iphone. Inside:
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Help me find a chinese recipe from “Green Tea” restaurant in Beijing [closed]

Some years ago I went to Beijing for a business trip. My chinese hosts took me out for dinner to a restaurant called Green Tea (it was exactly this restaurant at this location). Amongst many ...
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What is this fruit, anyone knows?

What fruit is this? Please see photos, thanks. This is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. It is about 3 inches in diameter.
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What are these two vegetables called?

For bonus points how do I cook the one on the top? The bottom one I already cooked but here it is now:
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What is this type of (Greek?) chilli pepper?

The chillies pictured below are fairly common in Greece (particularly the north of the country). They are known as "kafteres" (καυτερές) which roughly translates as "spicy". I'd like to have a ...
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Please identify this nut covered cheese

During breakfast at my hotel in Germany, I saw this kind of cheese. Can anyone help to name it? As I can remember, it tastes a bit sweet on the nuts.
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Sweet and sticky potato

I have just made very simple french fries (cutting and frying in oil) with some potatoes bought today that turned out to be very different to my usual potatoes. They taste quite sweet, almost in the ...