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Coconut milk is used in a number of dishes in Thai cooking. It gives any dish a sweet flavor and also adds texture and thickness. Tom yum goong is a good example of a dish that uses the sweetness of the milk to counterbalance the spice and lemon flavors in the soup.
The kaffir lime's fruit, rind and leaves are used in Southeast Asian cuisine and its essential oil is used in perfumery. Its rind and crushed leaves emit an intense citrus fragrance. The leaves are the most frequently used part of the plant, fresh, dried, or frozen. The leaves are widely used in Thai and Lao cuisine for dishes such as tom yum.
Jackfruit is a widely cultivated and popular food item throughout the tropical regions of the world. Jackfruit have a distinctive sweet and fruity aroma. A fully ripe and unopened jackfruit is known to “emit a strong aroma,” with the inside of the fruit described as smelling of pineapple and banana. The flavor is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango, and banana.