What is lemongrass?
Lemongrass is the stalk of a grass native to Asia, Africa and Australia. Perhaps best-known as a popular ingredient in Vietnamese and Thai food, it has a citrusy perfumed flavour and smell. Slice finely or bruise whole to release the fragrant scent, discarding any woody outer layers, then add to soups, curries, salads and sauces. If used raw, it needs to be very finely chopped.
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Use up tinned chopped tomatoes and infuse with punchy spices, including lemongrass, to create this nutritious vegan soup.
Our recipe for delicately soft sea bream, with a fiery chilli and punchy lemongrass marinade, makes for a great summer BBQ. In Phu Quoc and coastal regions of Vietnam, huge tanks of live fish and shellfish are a common sight in markets. Customers barter for what they want, choose a marinade and dipping sauce, and it all gets cooked on a huge charcoal grill in minutes.
Like a bánh mì sandwich, but without the bread! Try our lighter take on a Vietnamese classic, packed with pork tenderloin, carrots, mooli and jasmine rice.