Coriander is bursting with flavour and nourishment, which is why we put it in many of our dishes.
Did you know that coriander was used to make love potions in the Middle Ages?
Luckily for you, Wok on Inn prefers to bewitch your taste buds, by flavouring our dishes with this versatile herb.
Coriander leaves (also known as cilantro) add a fresh and distinctive citrusy zest to food, similar to the combination of lemon and sage – making it a popular ingredient in Thai cuisine.
The magic of coriander extends beyond what it does for your palate – it’s a powerhouse of nutrition that works wonders for your body by filling it with dietary fibre, manganese, iron and magnesium.
If you’re looking for a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein, you can’t go wrong with coriander, which also contains small amounts of potassium, thiamin, niacin, calcium, phosphorus and carotene.
This herb has a long history – stretching back more than 5000 years to Ancient China, when people started using coriander seeds in their cooking. Later, during the Han dynasty, coriander was incorporated into Chinese medicine – where it was celebrated for its long list of health benefits.
Detoxification – some research suggests that coriander can help cleanse the body of heavy metals, such as lead, aluminium and mercury.
Lowers skin inflammation – cineole and linoleic acid help to reduce the swelling that goes hand in hand with arthritis and other conditions. This can ease discomfort and improve skin appearance.
Soothes skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections, thanks to detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties.
High levels of iron help to prevent anemia.
Multiple studies show that coriander’s anti-histamine properties can reduce seasonal allergies and hay fever.
Lowers “bad” cholesterol levels while also promoting “good” cholesterol levels.
The compounds linalool and borneol aid digestion, prevent nausea and soothe an unsettled stomach.
Regulates blood pressure – many patients suffering from hypertension have benefited from eating coriander, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular conditions.
Treats mouth ulcers – Citronellol works as a powerful antiseptic to speed up the healing of wounds and ulcers. It’s particularly effective when combined with the antimicrobial properties of other components in coriander.
Freshens breath – Our ancestors used to chew on coriander seeds to cleanse their mouths, and it’s now used as a powerful ingredient in natural toothpastes.
People around the world have fallen under the spell of this versatile herb, because of its flavour, aroma and countless health benefits. At Wok on Inn, you can enjoy coriander in Laksa, Bangkok noodles and other dishes that feature our homemade curry pastes. We also use the leaves as a refreshing garnish.