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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What is the "Kamchin" can on the photo and what can I do with its contents?

I found this can in my pantry - I don't recall buying it, but the date seems valid and I like the ingredients on the label (chives, coriander, parsley, fenugreek, vegetarian oil (?) and salt). ...
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Brown pods from tree like Carob okay to eat raw? [closed]

Trees near my house have these pods covering the ground, by the side of the street. They look like Carob to me. I took a few of them. Searching Google, I don't see other trees that grow long brown ...
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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 ...
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What are these white 'bits' in my nutella

I recently discovered an ancient, sealed jar of Nutella at the back of a cupboard. Like, really ancient! Like, it claimed it expired in 2012! When I open it, there are all these white 'bits' on the ...
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Vietnamese burnt sugar beverage

A while ago we ate at a Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown. We were given these nice burnt sugar-flavored beverages to drink, but unfortunately the staff did not speak fluent English ...
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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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Looking for the name of an orange crunchy snack

The snack I'm talking about has an exterior similar to Chinese sweet and sour pork. However, its shape is long and spindly. There is no meat in it. It is just the dough part. It is a bit sour and it ...
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Identify this dessert

One of the best desserts I've ever tasted came from a restaurant which no longer exists, and I am trying to identify what it might be called and how to prepare it myself. It looked sort of like a ...
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Am sprouting beans in machine is the color normal

I have been sprouting my beans for three days now I am not sure if it is ready to harvest and is the color normal and what is the best way to store it? I've attached photos. Thank you
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What are yellow sushi radishes called?

I'm considering growing some sushi radishes, but what are they called, because I'm considering growing some this summer after ordering them from a seed catalog.
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English name for cut of meat (Cacho de Paleta)

I was given a cut of meat that I am unfamiliar with. I was told the Spanish name is Cacho de Paleta. I'm not sure how to prepare it, and was hoping to find some recipes and preparation tips online. To ...
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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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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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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 or ...
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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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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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Kind of Russian pierogi

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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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 [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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Anyone knows how this seed/fruit is called? (bush)

If someone can help me would be good.Thanks in regard.