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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
202 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
528 views

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" ...
1
vote
1answer
154 views

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, ...
3
votes
2answers
826 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
157 views

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 ...
124
votes
7answers
34k views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Are these vestigial seeds in a “seedless” orange?

Two recent organic navel oranges had a lot of these 2-x-head-of-a-pin-sized seed-like things. Each orange had maybe 25 of them clinging to the very center membrane in the orange. I allowed them to dry ...
1
vote
1answer
115 views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
443 views

What is this seafood that I bought in a Chinese market?

Can someone tell what is the food here?
14
votes
8answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
273 views

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....
2
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

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 ...
3
votes
5answers
404 views

Can someone identify this herb?

I found this herb in an Asian supermarket. The label didn't actually say what it was, and the clerks at the store didn't speak English well enough to ask them. My first thought was mint, but I would ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

“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 ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
192 views

Light green squash-like ingredient in Indonesian cuisine

We've traveled to Indonesia years ago and there was this ingredient I had never tasted before which has had me looking for years. I had it in gado-gado many times there, including in an Indonesian ...
7
votes
1answer
371 views

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....
0
votes
1answer
165 views

what is this seed?

It looks like lentils but is yellow. Same size.
3
votes
2answers
116 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
217 views

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 ...
14
votes
1answer
7k views

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.
7
votes
1answer
675 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
64 views

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?
4
votes
4answers
384 views

What is this small green fruit called?

I want to know what is this fruit called in English
8
votes
4answers
802 views

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 ...
29
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
305 views

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
3
votes
2answers
266 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
192 views

Please help identifying this herb

I can’t figure out what herb this is. It tastes kind of bitter!
1
vote
1answer
195 views

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?
28
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
309 views

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! ...
15
votes
3answers
6k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
183 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
212 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
250 views

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) ...
1
vote
4answers
273 views

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 ...
2
votes
7answers
472 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
7k views

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. ...
7
votes
2answers
595 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
8k views

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?
9
votes
1answer
3k views

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?
11
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
291 views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

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, ...