Liuzhou Laowai

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Friday Food 25 – Tonkin Jasmine

Friday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are still among the greenery with a favourite – Tonkin Jasmine.

I’ve been looking forward to this one and spotted it in the supermarket this morning. One of my favourite vegetables.


Tonkin jasmine (Telosma cordata) goes under many names such as pakalana vine, Tonkinese creeper, Chinese violet, cowslip creeper, telosoma etc. In Chinese it is 夜香花 or 夜来香.

It is a flowering plant native to Guangdong and Guangxi of China and also cultivated in Vietnam (on the Bay of Tonkin, hence the name.)

It has a delicate lemony scent and is used in both southern Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine (where it is known as bông thiên lý.)

It is usually stir fried, often with eggs, with which it has a particular affinity, or is boiled in soups, often with fish. It is also added to many noodle dishes in Vietnam.

Scrambled eggs with Tonkin Jasmine

Me likes.

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2 Responses to “Friday Food 25 – Tonkin Jasmine”

  1. Jim Mahler Says:

    My wife planted this stuff around our condo in the belief it would keep the mosquitos away. I never got a chance to find out if she was right, because the neighbors cut it all down while we were away. I hope they enjoyed it.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    Haha! I’m fairly sure they sold it down the market. I think I bought a batch! It was excellent.

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