Is Corn Meal and Corn Flour the same?
Corn meal is just good old corn meal.
I reckon we have a jurisdictional dispute, is all.
In many parts of the world, corn flour is what we call corn starch in North America. There are more finely ground corn products called flours, but they usually have a specific name, such as massa.
So, as so often happens, it depends on where you are, or where the recipe originated.
Masa (corn flour) is very common in the southwest because of its use as a thickener for chili and in making tamales. I actually use all purpose flour, masa, and corn starch to make a beer batter for fish tacos. Don't ask my why. It's the product of a lot of tinkering, and our family loves it.
Depends where you live and who packs and distributes the product. Corn starch cooks clear corn meal does not.
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I'm going w/ phatch for this last question. Most of the Asian food I know of are dusted up w/ corn starch.
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