Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Screwpine leaves (Pandan)

Obachan has mentioned she has not seen screwpine leaves before (photo below).

It is widely known as pandan and is used to flavour cakes, breads and even used in savoury dishes!

I have used it to flavour Chinese sweet soup.

Also used it in the famous Thai dish 'Pandan Chicken', recipe can be found at Kuali. I have trouble covering the chicken (I have minced the chicken) with the pandan leaves and gave up after 4 attempts (not counting those failed ones!).

Perhaps the most widely use for pandan leaves is in the making of Pandan Chiffon Cakes. I have little success with chiffon cake but planning to tackle it again soon.........Watch this space.

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