Every time I go to my local Asian food store I curse myself for not bringing paper to right down the names of the more esoteric vegetables so I can look them up when I get home. Well, this time I remembered, but after excitedly googling each one I'm still mystified. I can find crude descriptions and recipes for them, but I don't know what I really need to try, or how best to prepare it.
Here's the list:
Sinquo/chinese okra/silk gourd
E-too (I couldn't find out anything about this - it's some kind of leaf)
Nagaimo/mountian potato/long yam
Ngo-om/sweet cumin/rice paddy herb
Ngo-gai/mexican coriander/saw-tooth herb
So for anyone who's eaten any of these, what I'm wondering is:
What's it like? Does it resemble any western vegetables?
Is it good?
Is it worth making an extra effort to try it?
How do you (best) prepare it?
I know I could just be adventurous and try them all, but I'm worried that in my ignorance I'll break my back in the kitchen just to try four different kinds of potato.