I yam not taro


A look at some food names and terms that we Malaysians use and the way these names differ from other usages.

YES, I know: the title is grammatical nonsense, but with a purpose. I yam – sorry, I am – trying to make the point that yam is not taro, and, for that matter, that some other food names and terms we use in Malaysia are at odds with those used elsewhere. Let me elaborate.

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