Maki
Rice hand-rolled in seaweed (Japanese)
Marsala
Dessert wine used as a base in Zabaglione wine (Italian)
Mascarpone
Soft, creamy milk cheese at its best in the dessert, tiramisu (Italian)
Mee rebus
Yellow noodles served in a thick, sweetish sauce made from sweet potatoes and garnished with sliced, hard-boiled eggs and green chillies
Mee siam
Thin white noodles in a sourish and sweet gravy, made with tamarind (Malay)
Meunière
Lightly-floured food sauteed quickly in butter, usually fish fillets (French)
Mezze
A selection of starters, served with pitta bread (Middle Eastern)
Mi krob
Crisp, thin noodles with shrimp, egg and sweet-and-sour sauce (Thai)
Mirin
A sweet rice wine used mainly in cooking (Japanese)
Mirugai
Orange shellfish (Japanese)
Miso
A paste made from cooked fermented soy beans (Japanese)
Morel
Mushroom of genus Morchella
Moussaka
Lamb, aubergine, potato and cheese bake (Greek)
Mozzarella
A chewy white cheese made from buffalo or cow’s milk,typically used on pizzas (Italian)
Mulligatawny
Spicy bean soup (Indian)
Murgh
Chicken (Indian)
Murtabak
Roti prata filled with pieces of mutton, chicken or vegetables (Indian)
Naan
Tear-shaped leavened bread baked inside a tandoor (Indian) clay oven
Nasi biryani
Saffron rice flavoured with spices and garnished with cashew nuts, almonds and raisins (Malay/Indonesian)
Nasi lemak
Rice boiled in coconut milk (Malay)
Nasi padang
Term referring to rice and the accompanying meat and vegetable dishes (Malay)
Nori
Dried seaweed (Japanese)
Osso buco
Stew made from veal shanks (Italian)
Otoro
Tuna (Japanese)
Paella
Rice cooked with chicken, prawns, mussels, squid, tomatoes and peppers, flavoured with saffron, herbs and garlic (Spanish)
Pak krasan
A leafy cabbage-like vegetable unique to Thailand
Pakora
Vegetable fritters deep-fried in chickpea flour (Indian)
Panir matta
A cheese and pea dish (Indian)
Paratha
A type of stuffed bread (Indian)
Pilau
Basmatic rice fried in ghee or butter with cloves, cumin and cinamon, then cooked in stock (Indian)
Pita
Flat, unleavened bread (Middle Eastern)
Polenta
A thick porridge made from maize flour, which can be sliced cold and cooked with other foods (Italian)
Pomfret
Flat round fish
Poo paad gari
Curried crab (Thai)
Popaadum
Cracker (Indian)
Pudina
Mint sauce (Indian)