Banana blossoms are one of the many unusual ingredients that can be found in Thai cooking. In Thai language, it is called Hua Plee and every part of it can be used. Meanwhile, the best part of it is the light ivory leaves in the center.
The flavor of the blossom ranges from subtle to strongly astingent, depending on the maturity, and which part is used. It does not, however, taste like bananas, more like
an artichoke. Banana blossoms can be eaten raw or cooked, it is a flavor that cannot be forgotten once experienced.
In Thai cooking, every part of the banana blossom can be used. The inner light yellow blossom fronds are the most popular, widely used in Pad Thai, salads, curries, soup or as vegetable accompaniment to relish.
This interesting ingredient can be turned into a delicious and lightly spicy Thai salad called Yam Hua Plee. Originating from the Central Plains of Thailand, this dish is a favorites at Chiang Mai's famous Mix Restaurant.
Mixed with fried shallots, roasted chilies prawns, and a cooked egg, Mix Restaurant's Yum Hua Plee Salad is served on a banana blossom petal. It is best paired with a glass of wine and a few slices of buttery roti.
Yam Hua Plee Salad at Mix Restaurant, is priced at 175 THB. The restaurant features a menu with over 250 items from Thai cuisine as well as European and Japanese. With indoor and outdoor lounge areas, it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing and stylish dinner in Chiang Mai.
MIX RESTAURANT & BAR :
Nimmanhaemin soi 1. Chiang Mai.
Tel. 081-472 9664