Banana Blossom Hue Plee
How to prepare Banana BlossomMost of my students have no idea of how to prepare banana blossom. Then even after knowing how, they still need to acquire a taste for it. It is a little bitter by itself. I would recommend anyone to try it with Phad Thai for the first time just like you would fresh bean sprout; the contrast in the texture and flavor that makes the whole experience very exciting.
The steps to prepare banana blossom are very simple. You will need to learn how to do it once. Then cooking with Southeast Asian recipes will be easy. My favorite way to cook banana blossom is in banana blossom salad and lightly salt coconut milk broth (Tom Kati). Thais love to eat it fresh as prepared below and serve as- is as alongside with Phad Thai and Chili dip.
Now that you have an idea of how to use the prepared shredded banana blossom, let the lesson begin…
First, the farmer will remove the flower about about 6 to 10 inches long) from the tree.
In your kitchen, remove and discard all pink pedal until it comes to a white or ivory color part.
Discard the stem.
Fold a few petals together and slice
Soak in salt water or lime water immediately and keep in a bowl until ready to use. Use about 1 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon salt or 1 tablespoon lime juice. Drain.
Those are all the steps to it. But there will be another blog entry on where and how to buy banana blossoms.