Ingredient Name: Lemon Grass, lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus, wire grass, citronella grass, fever grass etc..
Traditional Chinese Name: 香茅草 (Xiāng máo căo) – literal translation of “fragrant grass”
What is this?
- A tall, green grass that is native to India and used widely in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines
- Extremely fragrant with a citrus flavor and is used in soups, teas, stews and curries
How do I prepare it?
- Rinse in warm water
- Can be used in dishes or soups cut in larger pieces or as a whole stalk
- It is usually used in small amounts to enhance flavors
Where can I buy this?
- Available in wet marts in Hong Kong
- Readily available in markets in South East Asia
- Not always commonly available in western supermarkets – although it is also available in dried or powdered forms (not as fragrant or strong in flavors)
What is the cost?
- 1 stalk Hong Kong cost around $1 (extremely affordable)
- There is an active ingredient in lemongrass similar to lemon peels called Citral – which aids in digestion
- Said to also relieve headaches, muscle cramps and spasms
- Store in an air tight bag in the fridge for up to 3 weeks
- Can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months as well\