Galangal stalks

Galangal shoots and stalks in Vietnamese cuisine

Galangal is the rhizome of Alpinia officinarum (and some relatives), a plant in the ginger family. It has a hot spicy taste and used as a spice in Vietnamese cuisine. Galangal is known as a spice that enhances the flavor of dishes and is also a valuable medicine, but few people know that galangal leaves,

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Fingerroots in Vietnamese cuisine

The fingerroot (Boesenbergia rotunda) belongs to the the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and it usually grows in damp shaded lowland areas or on hill slopes, as scattered plants or thickets. It is native from southern Yunnan Province, China, to the western parts of Southeast Asia. The common English name refers to its finger-like rhizomes. In Vietnam,

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Karalla daura - The goldstripe ponyfish

Karalla daura – The goldstripe ponyfish

The goldstripe ponyfish, Karalla daura, is a species of marine ray-finned fish of the family Leiognathidae (ponyfish, Vietnamese: cá liệt), which is native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. The goldstripe ponyfish is smaller than the common ponyfish (Leiognathus equulus), and is easily recognized by one yellow or golden stripe on both

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Hyriopsis bialatus in Vietnam

Hyriopsis bialatus – The shark-fin mussel

Hyriopsis bialatus, the shark fin mussel, is one of three known freshwater pearl mussels in the genus Hyriopsis in Vietnam. Hyriopsis cumingii occurs in northern Vietnam, and is aquacultured for pearl production, while H. bialatus and H. delaportei are found in the waters of Mekong River in southern Vietnam (Đồng Tháp, Vĩnh Long, An Giang

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Potamocorbula laevis

Potamocorbula laevis – The Asian overbite clam

Potamocorbula laevis is the type species of clam in the genus Potamocorbula of the family Corbulidae in Vietnam. Other Potamocorbula species in Vietnam include P. fasciata, P. ustulata and P. amurensis. Potamocorbula is a genus of very small euryhaline clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the order Myida. Potamocorbula laevis is comparable to its relative Potamocorbula

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