Search Tips and Tricks for Foodies

  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013

Whether its finding a new recipe, converting teaspoons into tablespoons or defining a mystery ingredient, one thing is for sure: more and more people are turning to the web for their cooking needs. Here’s how you can enhance your cooking skills with food-related search tips from Google.

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Over the years, Google searches for recipes have been steadily on the rise in Malaysia, and some popular topics or recipes can have huge spikes. If searches a couple of years ago centered on traditional favourites as karipap, nasi beriani and cucur udang, searches today are centred on more intricate delicacies like macaroons, apam polkadot and pavlova (a meringue dessert), which goes to show that Malaysians are a pretty adventurous bunch in the kitchen!

Below are a few of our favourite Google search tips and tricks for foodies with the latest statistics on food searches.

Filter recipes by ingredient, cook time and calorie count

Use Googles Recipe View to search for any recipe you can imagine. You’ll see options to search for recipes based on an ingredient, cooking time and/or calories count. Looking for a spicy but easy curry laksa recipe with that will take under 15 minutes to prepare? No problem!

Unit conversion

Convert different units of measurement by entering your desired conversion into the search box. How many teaspoons in a tablespoon? Three, to be exact.

Define an unfamiliar ingredient

If unusual recipes like ‘nasi kerabu’ have you stumped, define them with a simple search. Pop that mystery ingredient or recipe into the search box following ‘definition’ and find out what you’re cooking and what goes into it.

Scope out similar dishes

Compare your recipe with other from around the web with Google Images. Go to and type in your dish to see how it compares. Is tapioca pudding supposed to be lumpy? Turns out, it is.

Translate a recipe

Don’t let language barriers prevent you from cooking authentic international cuisine. You can either upload a complete foreign recipe or type it directly in, and Google will translate it from over 50 languages.

Find inspiration on YouTube

Sometimes, it’s easiest to learn something new by seeing it – not just reading it in a cookbook. Find inspiration on YouTube, where you can witness master chefs (and not-so-masterful-chefs) whip up their specialities for you on demand.

Fastest rising ‘recipe’ vs ’resipi’ searches over the last 12 months:



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