Ingredients in Chinese Cooking


Ginseng Panax Ginseng, a herb root believed to have certain medicinal properties. Botanical cousin is the American Ginseng, most widely availabe in the USA and America.

Long Beans

long beans Sometimes called yard-long beans or snake beans, taste and look like green beans. Can grow up to 3 feet in lenght, although they are usually picked when about 50 cm long.


lychee Lychees have a deep red leathering skin with hairy features while the inside of the fruit is a clear white color. It has a pit in the centre which must not be eaten. When selecting lychees, pick the ones that are firm and do not look brown or split. Lychees do not ripen after picking so you need to store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and eat shortly after buying. Lychees (sometimes called litchee) can be purchased fresh or in cans.


Ginger Fresh root ginger should be skinned (with a spoon) and very thinly sliced, chopped or shredded. Dried ginger is not a good subsitute but crystallised ginger can be used in emergencies.

Chinese Five Spice Powder

chinese five spice powder A mixture consisting of cinnamon, star anise, Szechuan pepper, clove, and fennel.

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