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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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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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What is this green, bulbous, leafy vegetable?

I recently received a vegetable, looking like a big green beet with a thick skin. As I don't know what it is, I can't look for appropriate recipes on the internet. The Google reverse image search ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do I determine the cut of a pork steak prior to purchasing it?

Pork steaks can be (quoting Wikipedia): cut from the Loin, Leg or shoulder of the pig. When looking at a pork steak, is there some way that I can visually determine where the cut came from, ...
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What is this really tasty part of a chicken found in a cavity in the hip?

About once per month, my mother prepares chicken with rice and a currysauce with pineapple. I don't know exactly what the method of preparation is of the chicken because it's prepared by one of those ...
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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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Can anyone identify this chocolate?

A recent date left this for me to find...a surprise gift, how sweet! I'd love to know just how sweet :) It's 1 3/8 inches, 3.5 cm thick. The larger piece weighs 143 grams or 5 ounces. It tastes ...
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What are “Honey Bubbles” and how are they made?

I recently had the thrilling privilige of eating a Kaiseki meal at Kichisen in Kyoto. One of the meal's many highlights was a desert course consisting of a large citrus fruit filled with jelly and ...
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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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I'm pretty sure these aren't scones, but what are they?

We've made a type of deep fried bread in my family for years, which we've called "scones". I'm fairly certain these aren't actually scones, and have no idea what their name would properly be. The ...
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Name of an Indian dish with stuffed whole potatoes

I had a lovely Indian meal which I would like to find the name of. There were small whole potatoes with a little hole cut into them and filled with spices and (I think) some lamb mince. They were ...
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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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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 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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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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Name the vegetable from Nilgiri hills

I bought this in Ooty market and was told that it is a Nilgiri hills specific vegetable. It is pink on the outside and white inside with two hard black seeds in the upper half of it. It tastes sour, ...
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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 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 green cake with plastic-y texture, found at an Asian store?

While shopping at the local Asian store, I found a funny, green cake that looked interesting, so I bought a piece. It looks like this: I discovered that it has a very strange texture (as seen in this ...
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What are berry grains?

For several years, I ordered items from Finland. Typically, things not common or not found in the US. To my dismay, the place I ordered from went out of business. I found another Finnish website that ...
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What are Omaha Steaks “Potatoes Au Gratin” actually?

Over the holidays my uncle sent my parents steaks from a website called Omaha Steaks. Included with the steaks were, among other things, some potato appetizers, that the packaging called "Potatoes Au ...
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What kind of cheese did I buy in Bulgaria…and how am I supposed to eat it?

Today I was doing some shopping at the Tsentralni Hali in Sofia and bought some cheese, cause it looked so damn gooood. Well, it is good indeed...but it has the consistency of a brick and you don't ...
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Help wanted to identify this food item (oriental)

I found this item at a Chinese supermarket. Hints: It was in a fridge It was humid (almost wet) and fresh The "slices" were 2-3 mmm thick I googled for "Chopin", "Chopin food", "Chopin Chinese", ...
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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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What is the puffy bread shown in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

My son is infatuated with the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and there's a delicious looking bread shown in a breakfast scene. It looks like a giant popover about the size of Dick Van Dyke's head (...
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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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Name of tea with tiny green leaves?

Please help me to identify the tea that I tried a long time ago. It had very small bright green leaves (3-5 mm long). After brewing leaves became fully open, with very accurate undamaged leaves. The ...
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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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Can you identify this Serbian street food?

Yesterday in Niš, southern Serbia I bought this street food pictured: It looked and tasted like deep fried batter, how fish from a fish and chip shop might look in Australia where I'm from. It had ...
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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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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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Can anyone tell me what kind of squash this is?

Last year we planted some hybrid yellow round zuchini. We had one going bad and my husband pulled it and just threw it in the garden. This year we had some volunteer plants from the seeds. I ...
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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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Szechuan fish soup ingredient — what is it?

I got a fish-and-pickled-cabbage soup the other day at a Szechuan restaurant that had these things in it that looked kinda like this. They were translucent off-white, about 2 inches long, and maybe an ...
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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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What is this Tibetan dessert?

Hi, does anyone know how to make this dessert? It is from Tibet originally, and can be found in a French restaurant under the name 'dolma'. (both the name of the desert and the name of the restaurant) ...
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How can I make 'Santon sauce'

My local Chinese restaurant (Happy Chef on King St, Sydney for anyone who's interested) does a very simple dish of a half crispy skin chicken, served with rice and a sauce that they call 'Santon sauce'...
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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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Food identification in fajitas - yellow sauce [closed]

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 exactly are Bamboo shoots?

http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/vegetable-hot-and-sour-soup.aspx Are we here talking about Bamboo trees? Can we have a picture of Bamboo shoot? In what forms is it available?
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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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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 gives Vietnamese Chicken the red tint?

A local oriental restaurant used to sell "Vietnamese Chicken", a hot plate dish of big chunks of chicken breast with onion and spices. The distinguishing feature of the dish was a deep red tint of the ...
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What are the transparent strands in this salad?

What are the transparent, irregularly winding strands at the bottom of the following picture? They can obviously be had cold together with salad. They are very crispy. They are much firmer and ...