A craze for coriander is now sweeping Shanghai after McDonald's released a new coriander-flavor sundae at its outlets in China. Sales of the coriander sundae, which only cost 6.6 yuan (US$0.99) in China started on Monday and will run through Friday.
Seemingly "dark cuisine" – a food that sounds strange but actually tastes good – this new sundae with green jam and topped with shredded leaves of coriander is proving popular.
A netizen in Jinan in eastern Shandong province said she crossed almost the whole city over two days to get this sundae. Another one in Beijing said she made calls to three McDonald's outlets. Two said it sold out on Monday and the third said it had only a few left – so she immediately rushed there and grabbed one.
鱼腥草 Fish mint
Zhe'ergen is an edible rhizome of fish-smelling leaf with a fresh, spicy, peppery flavor that is used in southwestern Chinese cuisine, i.e. that of Guizhou, Sichuan, Yunnan and western Guangxi.
Typically the leaves are eaten in Sichuan and the root in Guizhou. But its fishy taste is unacceptable for most of people who are not from these regions.
苦瓜 Bitter melon
In Chinese cuisine, bitter melon is valued for its bitter flavor, typically in stir-fries, soups, dim sum, and herbal teas.
Despite the name, the taste is actually not too overwhelming. In Chinese cuisine, bitter melon is sometimes called a "gentleman's vegetable" because it doesn't impart its bitterness on other ingredients when cooked.
It is a Chinese noodle soup and specialty of Liuzhou, Guangxi. The dish consists of rice noodles boiled and served in a soup.
It usually does not contain snail meat, but instead served with pickled bamboo shoot, pickled green beans, shredded wood ear, fu zhu (a soybean product), fresh green vegetables, peanuts, and chili oil.
Luosifen's arguably off-putting scent comes from fermented "suan sun" -- sour bamboo shoots. It gives soul to the noodle soup.
While some claim the scent is mildly sour, others say it should be classed as a bioweapon.
It emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the smell overpowering and revolting.
The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage.
Though classified as a fruit, okra is often utilized as a vegetable, both on its own and with other dishes and ingredients. When cooked, it can take on many forms. Cutting and cooking okra in moisture will create a sticky juice that increases the thickness of soups and stews. Dried okra can also thicken sauces.