It can be daunting to shop and cook your way through various Asian cuisines that require unfamiliar ingredients. These hound-endorsed online glossaries explain the herbs, spices, and condiments called for in recipes, whether you’re cooking Burmese, Chinese, or Thai.

Run your mouse over ingredient names in Edibly Asian, and an illustration and explanation pops up. This guide from Tigers & Strawberries has detailed explanations of Chinese pantry items. has guides to ingredients used in all kinds of Asian cuisines, including Indonesian, Pakistani, and Filipino, as well as restaurant menu guides. See a glossary of Thai ingredients here. And here is a guide to dim sum terms.

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