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opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2011 12:12 AM

Prompted by a current post about Asian noodle soups, I was reading about Banana Flowers (tasting somewhat like artichoke) being used as a component in SE Asian cooking. Has anyone seen them in Boston area Asian markets?thanks much.

  1. Dave MP Apr 25, 2011 05:42 AM

    I saw them at Ming's on Sunday.

    1. kobuta Apr 24, 2011 01:52 PM

      Just saw them at Kam Man in Quincy. Whole, wrapped in packs of two by the fresh greens.

      1. EATTV Apr 24, 2011 10:10 AM

        Russo's for sure. There's a classic Thai "Hua Plii" salad I love to make. The blossoms want to be soaked in aciduated water first to slow discoloration. Cutting the blossom on the bias and leaving the insides behind is key. Some discard the outer leaves and blanch the inner core. The outer leaf is a great way to present your salad. Chef David Thompson's Oyster and Banana Blossom recipe in his opus "Thai Food" is a special occasion. http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Food-David...

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          opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2011 10:19 AM

          this is so cool! i'll follow suit. btw, when i was reading the very comprehensive Wiki piece on bananas, it said that banana skins are EDIBLE. Have you ever seen a recipe that included the skin?

          And the flower, do you think it tastes like artichoke? thank you.

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            EATTV Apr 24, 2011 10:41 AM

            I've had a salad of the julienned outer leaves with tamarind and peanuts. It's addictive. The inner parts are somewhat like artichoke although I guess that hasn't occurred to me before. I've enjoyed it with Pad Thai as well as meat salads with chicken and shrimp. I'm guessing a quick deep fry with basil would be great. (Is Russo's open today?)

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              bluepotato2 Apr 24, 2011 09:32 PM

              When I ws a kid, someone recommended banana skins to make a tea to relieve asthma symptoms. It tasted pretty good, but the skins are so fibrous I can't imagine eating them.

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                opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2011 09:35 PM

                how cool! as to the skins, i'm imagining that if they were sauteed and/or steamed, that should help...........

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                  FoodDabbler Apr 25, 2011 07:01 AM

                  There are dishes in Kerala (a south western state in India) that use plantain skins. See Ammini Ramachandran's excellent cookbook "Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts", or simply Google. Likewise, a bit of Googling throws up banana skin recipes.

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                    opinionatedchef Apr 25, 2011 10:27 AM

                    cool! THANK you! will pursue.

            2. galangatron Apr 24, 2011 09:08 AM

              any se asian market will have them. you can also buy shredded banana blossoms at some of the vietnamese markets in dorchester

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                autopi Apr 24, 2011 06:02 AM

                russos has them, i believe

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                  Madrid Apr 24, 2011 07:21 AM

                  I saw them a Russo's about a week ago.

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                    opinionatedchef Apr 24, 2011 09:50 AM

                    no kidding?! wow, i gotta try these. DO they taste something like artichoke, youall ?

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