I know of many who will take pains to pick coriander out of their food. I for one, love nothing more than a big bunch of it on top of my noodles or salad! As it may be difficult for true coriander to thrive in our tropical climate, sawtooth coriander is a great alternative one can grow on a sunny or bright windowsill or balcony for a healthy supply of fresh herbs.
To get many seeds for a whole row of sawtooth coriander plants, let it flower and cut off the stem when the seed is brown. Thereafter, nip out the first signs of a flower appearing so the plant uses all of its energy to produce leaves rather than flowers and seeds. The edges of its leaves are prominently serrated, resembling a saw, hence its common name.
The aroma and taste of a sawtooth coriander leaf are similar to, but much stronger than that of true coriander. Used in Latin America and Southeast Asia, you will encounter it in salads, soups, sauces, curries and in particular, fish dishes. Try making this traditional Vietnamese dish featuring sawtooth coriander called pho cuon, or “pho in a roll”!
Serves 4-6 people
Written by: Debbie Chen, Assistant Director (Education, Programming)
Debbie is an ardent reader who often finds herself nose-deep in a dystopian novel. She has been involved in education since graduating from university, and enjoys bringing information to people in an engaging way that helps them see things in a new light.