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Garlic is ubiquitous in the art of cooking in the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe, and regions across South and Central America, but especially in Asian culture. It is a well-known fact that the heavily pungent herb is featured extensively in stir-fried dishes as well as in bases for soups and curries, but few realise the impact it had on Chinese literature as well. The Shi-ching – a compilation of classic Chinese poetry – mentions garlic and its importance to the country’s development.
In food preparation, garlic is used as an aromatic bed for shallow-poached items, or in sauce reduction. Roasting garlic brings out a rich, sweet and smoky taste and is a less commonly used technique in Asian dishes than it is for western fare.