Vietnamese Banana Blossom Salad Recipe (Nom Hoa Chuoi)

Banana Blossom Salad with carrot (Nom Hoa Chuoi)
Banana Blossom Salad with carrot (Nom Hoa Chuoi) | Source

I am pretty sure you haven't heard or tried banana blossom salad before. It's a kind of rustic and exotic salad from Asian countries especially South and Southeast Asia. It made of banana blossom, also known as banana flower or banana heart either cooked or raw, meat, herbs and vegetables with lime juice.

What is banana blossom exactly ?. Banana blossom is the flower of the banana plant. The taste and flavor are redolent of artichokes heart. It is rich in Vitamin E, dietary fiber and unsaturated fatty acid, also possess some medicinal properties.

One of the popular cold banana blossom salad is Nom Hoa Chuoi, salad from Vietnam. It's wild in appearance, juicy and crunchy in texture, and earthy in flavors.

Banana blossoms are available in Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and or Indian supermarket. Choose one that solid and firm. Select smaller size since it has less astringency in the petal (bracts).


Banana Blossom/Flower
Banana Blossom/Flower | Source

What You Need

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 banana blossom (about 1 lbs)

8 oz bean sprouts

1/2 cup cooked pork, matchstick

1/3 cup roasted peanut, chopped

3 tbsp white vinegar

1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

2 tsp sugar

2 1/4 tsp salt

3 tbsp dried shrimp

4 tbsp rau ram (Vietnamese coriander), chopped

5 tbsp lime juice


How to Fix

  • Prepare a large bowl of cold water. Then add vinegar into the water. Set aside.
  • Remove and discard any dried and tough outer layer or bracts from the banana blossom. Use a very sharp knife to discard stem at the bottom. Cut the banana blossom into very thinly slices or fine julienne. You can use either mandoline or food processor. Put the sliced blossom into acidulated water for 15 - 30 minutes.
  • Wash and rinse the blossom under cold running water. Drain.
  • Blanch the bean sprouts in boiling water for 30 minutes and drain.
  • Soak the dried shrimp in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then drain and chop finely.
  • Use a mortar and pestle to crush sesame seeds, sugar and salt. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Then add banana blossom, bean sprouts, pork, dried shrimp, peanuts and rau ram. Toss all the ingredients well to combine. Then add lime juice. Toss well and adjust the taste if needed salt, sugar or lime juice. Transfer to serving platter.

Banana Blossom/Flower Salad - Nom Hoa Chuoi

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