For some, cooking banana flower can be messy if you slice the flower before it is steamed or boiled. My recipes save you from all the messy steps. Before touching on the recipes, just a few things we need to know about the banana flower. […]
Pisang Tanduk, the gigantic banana
Pisang tanduk or plantain is the staple food in Africa, Cuba, South and Central America. Some of their cuisines require cooking it with meat. Over here in Malaysia, plantains are cooked without meat. Most often are deep-fried, made into banana chips or simply steamed and […]
Pisang Raja Udang, the legendary banana
Malays are not supposed to eat Pisang Udang. Do you know why? Well, there is a legend behind it. A cluster of Pisang Udang hanging On the tree A long, long time ago, a prince was badly injured during a battle with another Royal […]
Bananas, bananas on the wall, which is the fairest of them all?
Bananas are by far the most important tropical fruits of Malaysia. They are even more so for vegetarians. Bananas are great for dinners.We have Pisang Kapok, Pisang otel, Pisang Keling and Pisang Tanduk growing by the roadside. Bananas are very popular among the locals, partly because […]
More nuts from Sarawak Jungle – Part 3
Melinjau is an interesting nut shared by both Sarawakians and Indonesians. The young fruits are green in colour and turn to different shades of yellow to red on ripening. The fruit is rich in potassium with 624 mg per 100 g of fresh edible portion. […]
Have you seen those rare nuts from Sarawak rainforest(part 2)?
Being the most controversial jungle produce of our homeland, kepayang the football fruit (Pangium edule Reinw) is well liked by the Ibans here and they are the people who know how to prepare the nuts which can be poisonous if eaten raw. Packets of prepared […]
Have you seen all these rare nuts from our rainforest(part 1)?
There are some strange and rare but very delicious nuts from our rainforest here. One such nut is Kacang Kop(Bidayuh) or Merenti (Iban). In Hakka it is called wild groundnut (山地豆）which is a bit misleading because it does not really taste like one but more […]
What are the popular sour, sour fruits of Malaysia(part 2)?
There are two popular sour fruits which are very similar in appearance and taste found in most part of South East Asia. Though very similar in many aspects, they have different ID, Snake fruit is identified as Salacca edulis Reinw and buah Ridan/Salak hutan is […]
What are the popular sour, sour fruits of Malaysia(part 1)?
The most popular sour fruit of Malaysia is Buah kedondong. Its ID is Spondias dulcis, also known as Ambara in Malaysia, June plum in Jamaica. Its common name is golden apple or tropical apple. Buah kudondong, Spondias dulcis The mature fruit is crunchy, tastes […]
Nutritional composition of Malaysia fruits and vegetables
This post serves as a resource centre for my other posts in this blog. This is the work of Mr Kueh Hong Siong and Voon Boon Hoe, the research officers at the Semongok research Centre,Kuching,Sarawak. Table 1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4 […]