The Nonya cooking ingredient Bunga Chengkih or Cloves a well known spice that is derived from the dried young buds of the Bunga Chengkih or clove evergreen tree of the myrtle family.
Native to the Moluccas, eastern Indonesia, it is now cultivated elsewhere in the Tropics. Bunga Chengkih or Cloves , produced from the flower buds have a strong aroma and hot and are pungent in taste.
Bunga Chengkih or Cloves are used extensively as a condiment and flavoring in many types of cookery while the oil produced from distilling is used in medicines and perfumes.
In the ancient days of the spice trade between Asia and Europe, cloves were worth their weight in gold.