An essential ingredient in the Vietnamese kitchen, lemongrass imparts a gentle citrus flavour into sweet and savoury dishes. Not only does this aromatic herb provide an authentic note to your Vietnamese cooking, lemongrass has many health benefits. Lemongrass is popular across Southeast Asia, so we’ve picked five ideas to get you started, using fresh lemongrass, jars of lemongrass and lemongrass curry paste.
When cooking with lemongrass, we recommend you use the tender white part only – but rather than throw out the tough green stems, why not use them as skewers for your next seafood barbecue? Try this recipe for barbecued prawns on lemongrass sticks.
If you can’t get your hands on fresh lemongrass stems, reach for a jar of Valcom Lemongrass to use in this Vietnamese recipe for stir-fried beef with lemongrass.
For a simple lemongrass dinner in minutes, pick up a jar of Lingham’s Lemongrass Curry Paste from your local supermarket, then whip up this Malaysian lemongrass prawn curry.
This tom yum soup with seafood promises an authentic taste of Thailand. It uses a combination of fresh and jarred lemongrass for a citrus hit. For a creamy Thai soup that’s packed with flavour, try this tom kha gai with chicken and coconut milk.
Now that we’re entering the cooler months, this soothing ginger lemongrass tea is a must-try.
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