VietnameseCoriander
Persicaria Odorata

Also known as laksa leaf, Vietnamese coriander is a perennial plant that grows best in the warm, humid conditions of the tropics. The plant grows to about 20 centimetres, with purple stems, pointy leaves with a waxy dark green top surface and a burgundy red bottom surface, with stems jointed at the leaf.

The leaf has a distinctive citrus, pepper and mint flavour though it is not related to the mint family. It is used especially in Southeast Asian cuisine, ranging from Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes to Singapore and Malaysia’s renowned laksa dish.

 

 

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