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Banana Flowers Locally?

Sam Salmon Oct 26, 2011 05:12 PM

Banana Flower is one vegetable I've never tried and am reluctant to buy any without trying them in a restaurant first.

Can anyone here remember trying them in a local Thai place that I could visit?


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    GoaGirl Oct 27, 2011 08:41 PM

    Thien Kim on Nanaimo also uses it in their bum mam (seafood vermicelli in pickled fish broth)....sounds wierd but is absolutely delicious. It comes on a side plate with other garnishings that you add to the soup just before eating.

    1. grayelf Oct 26, 2011 08:30 PM

      We had some lovely shredded banana flowers at Hoi An on Sunday.

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        clutterer Oct 26, 2011 05:48 PM

        My memory is shaky at the best of times, but I could've sworn Bo uses them in his pad thai.

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          fmed Oct 26, 2011 08:11 PM

          Bo had them in a couple of dishes, but I haven't seen him use it in a while. Bob Likes Thai used them in a couple of dishes as well.

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            clutterer Oct 26, 2011 11:35 PM

            Come to think of it, I think I've had them at Green Lemongrass too, in that bowl o' noodles with chicken and quail egg.

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              fmed Oct 27, 2011 07:25 AM

              Also at Song Huong - you can get shredded banana flowers with their bun bo hue.

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                grayelf Oct 27, 2011 11:53 PM

                Right you are (as usual!), fmed. The banana flowers also come in the bo 7 mon veggy platter, IIRC.

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