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Glossary of Asian Culture - F

Far east:A term usually used to describe East Asian countries and occasionally, Southeast Asian countries.It was a term used in the 19th century when there were three Easts in European discussions:Near East, Middle East and Far East.

Five Spice
: Powered seasoning blend of five spices that is used in Chinese dishes and other varieties of Asian cuisine. Although formulations vary, a standard Five Spice mixture contains cinnamon, cloves, star anise, licorice, Szechuan peppercorn, white pepper and ginger.

Fortune Cookie
: Surprisingly, fortune cookie is an American invention.Fortune cookies are commonly found in Chinese restaurants in the U.S.A.Each little crispy cookie is shaped like a crescent has a fortune inside written on a small piece of paper.

Furoshiki: Japanese cloth traditionally used to wrap and carry food, alcohol, clothes, lunch boxes and gifts. Historically made from silk, cotton, nylon and Japanese crepe material called chirimen.

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