Taro is not only an ideal and cheap carb, but also a popular bubble tea flavour. Photo: Shutterstock

Taro – the starchy sweet tuber that’s delicious, versatile and has more calories than potatoes

  • Its potato-like texture makes it an ideal and cheap carb; cooked with just the right amount of heat, you get a cornucopia of tasty dishes
  • Domesticated in Southeast Asia, taro is considered one of the world’s oldest food crops, with a history of more than 9,000 years
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Taro is not only an ideal and cheap carb, but also a popular bubble tea flavour. Photo: Shutterstock
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Chinese water spinach, also known as morning glory and kangkong, is frequently stir-fried with chili and shrimp paste. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Chinese water spinach, or kangkong – eaten widely across Asia, but considered a weed in the US

  • In Southeast Asia, where the vegetable is most prevalent, it is cooked with chilli, shrimp paste and fermented bean sauce
  • Early European records note the plant’s extreme productivity; it can grow both on land and in water
Topic |   Chinese culture

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Chinese water spinach, also known as morning glory and kangkong, is frequently stir-fried with chili and shrimp paste. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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