18) My three fragrant friends better than my perfume

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my three fragrance friends 01

This Laksa leaf (polygonum odoratum) is one of the strong flavored among herb-plant species.  Traditionally, it is a must to enhance laksa with it.  Topping with this leaf makes this Singapore/Malaysia curry soup more wonderfully complete!  Local delight “cereal crab” comes with these amazing leaves upgrade your taste bud to another level.

 This is another popular fragrant herb, popularly found in Vietnamese spring rolls, salads and their local cuisine.  In Thailand, most of their cuisine can’t do away with this well-liked fragrant plant, it is eaten raw or with spicy dips.

my three fragrance friends 02

This is Lemon grass (cymbopogon citratus).  When we mention about Thai curry or soups, we have to tag him along as well.  The slender leaves with hairy and sharp edges, gives off a refreshing lemony fragrance one can’t forget.  Lower parts of the stems are more commonly used in cooking or making drinks.  It is commonly used in Vietnamese salads and spring rolls too.

my three fragrance friends 03

This is Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris), commonly used in Japan/Korea for their festive rice cake.  It gives the rice a greenish green.  Aromatic mugwort are used as a cheaper alternative for tobacco too.  It was used as a magical agent, protecting traveler against evil spirits and harmful animals in the Middle Ages.  It is also an insect repellent, repelling insects like moth.

 For some, these herbs are better than their perfume!

26 thoughts on “18) My three fragrant friends better than my perfume

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    January 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I love lemongrass and I love the food from your part of the world, Sydney!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 2:23 am

      If you want, I can talk about Lei/Thunder tea the next chapter! Is a very healthy and energy giving food!
      Thanks Cathy! You are always so supportive! Enjoy your peaceful weekend! :)

        Cathy Ulrich said:
        January 13, 2013 at 2:25 am

        That sounds great! You, too, Sydney!

    Opalla said:
    January 13, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I miss home-made Laksa sauce in which they put a lot of Laksa leaves. The store bought sauce just does not taste as good.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Ya, factory made factory taste, can’t over take the original!

    Janet Williams said:
    January 13, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Sydney, thank you for the images and the comparison. It’s important to know what these plants look like. To southerners, Mugwort has been traditionally used for a typical food during the Chinese Tomb Sweeping Festival too.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

      O, is it? Thanks for sharing, the “qing ming” festive is coming, we’ll see Mugwort by then!
      Thanks Janet! Wish you a great day and peaceful weekend!

    likeitiz said:
    January 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I love all the cuisines these greens are used in. What about Thai basil or cilantro?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Basil is one of the mint specis, it has a given name “九层塔“in chinese culture, it means nine layer of Pagoda.
      The name arises from the growing shape. It is very popular in Western and Asia cuisine.
      For Cilantro/Chinese Parsley it has strong odor and is widely used in Asian cooking as well as Mexican. If you top it up on the fired kechup prawn, I tell you, you never forget him!

    Victor Ho said:
    January 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Sydney
    Thanks for visiting. All the best to you.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Hey Victor, you are welcome!
      May you be well and Happy in 2013!
      Thanks!

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Good post!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks, my sweet Rexlin! You are always so encouraging!
      I really feel so blesses!
      Have a peaceful weekend! :)

    J. E. Lattimer said:
    January 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hi- Just wanted to let you know that I nominated your work for “Blog of the Year 2012!” http://fictionalmachines.com/2013/01/13/blog-of-the-year-2012-two/ Keep up the great work & have a great one!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, have a nice day!

        J. E. Lattimer said:
        January 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

        You’re very welcome, you too!

    evilnymphstuff said:
    January 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    That’s nice! Sometimes I like to pick a leaf and keep it inside a book or diary. Then after some time the pages smell good! Better than perfume ;)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      I prefer this than chanel no5! Haha!

    mixedupmeme said:
    January 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I am going to put a sprig of each of your friends in my hair when we are out Dancing Cheek to Cheek.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Haha! Luckily I am not a cheeky guy!

    CK said:
    January 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I love lemon grass, mint and rosemary! :D

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      For me, I love rose garden! :)

        Jamie Dedes said:
        January 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

        Ditto that.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Bingo! :)

    parth893 said:
    January 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Pure Greenery , lemon grass I love emm. try it with Tea it’s Awesome :D

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