Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bunga Kantan

Last 2 weeks, while I was MSNing with BigFishChin, my new blogger friend, she suddenly asked me what is the name for 'Bunga Kantan' in English. Tried to help her search through the web and it is called Torch Ginger. The 'Bunga Kantan' has a very aromatic smell and it is usually used in Asam Laksa, Tom Yam, Nasi Kerabu and I know that Thai people loves to used it in their Thai cooking.


While chatting with her I told her I planted some infront of my house and going to chopped it down cos the plant grow so tall. Furthermore I hardly used it for cooking. I just plant it for the sake of planting it infront of my house. She told me not to chopped it off cos it is very expensive selling outside. Wah, she told me she bought 2 stalks for RM3.40. That is really expensive and I changed my mind not to chopped it off and instead I am still keeping it. I did offer to my opposite Malay neighbour, if she need it she can cut it since I hardly used it for cooking. You know why? Cos my Dearie Suki hate the smell especially when I eat Asam Laksa or Nasi Kerabu at home.


My dad used bunga kantan (blended till fine) to marinate the chicken before he deep fried it. Intereting isn't it. Will post the recipe up once I tried his recipe.

Here is my lovely bunga kantan plant







19 comments:

Tot's Mom said...

I think it actually gives some aroma to the food. I don't mind it but I do know that some people find the smell a bit too strong.

cchany said...

found your blog accidentally , enjoyed reading it and must say its a great blog. Keep it Up!!
By the way, how to plant Bunga Kantan? Its sure is an $$$ plant. Bought it once at RM0.80/pc and thought it is already expensive.

I Cook4Fun said...

Sue, don't chop is away. So sayang. Is a beautiful plant. Here we can get only some frozen one but is not good at all.

bokjae said...

Well I always learn something from you about such things! Thanks!

Bento Pet said...

Bunga Kantan can be used not only as a condiment for Assam Laksa, fruit rojak, nasi ulam and lots of other dishes.

It is even great as a table decoration. Use your empty wine bottles and stick a flowering bunga kantan in and place three bottles in a row or as a cluster - it looks great! I cut the tall leaf stalks and place them in a tall vase as a center piece on my dining table when I entertain. Oh! You don't know how wonderful these are!

Sweetiepie said...

wow!i like you cny song in this blog..i don't really like the smelly neither..the aroma is too strong.

Hazel said...

oh..only now i know bunga kantan, thanks for sharing, anywhere the flower is beautiful

beachlover said...

I love bunga kantan flavour!!..your plant look so healthy and pretty!!..OMG!!..now I know why your blog hard to enter.I almost give up!!.you install Bloggie Roll..I delete it after I install for one day, in fact I email back to Queens to do something about it.

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Sue Sue said...

Tot's Mom,
Ya, it actually gives the aroma to some cooking. I just love it.

cchany,
Thanx for dropping by. How to plant Bunga Kantan? I got the plant from my aunt house. So I just plant it outside my house and didnt give much care to it and surprisingly it come out so great.

Wan,
Nope, I am not chopping it off d. Decided to keep it.

Bokjae,
Hi, nice to see you dropping my blog again.

Bento Pet,
Thanks for the great idea. Now I know what to do with it.

Sweetiepie,
Hahaha.. CNY mood mah, must have some CNY song leh.

Hazel,
Hi thanks for visiting. Ya, not much people know how is Bunga Kantan looks like.

Beachlover,
Thank you. Thank you.

Scotty,
Hi, thanks for visiting.

bigfish_chin said...

Sue,
Still the same old words!
"Don't Chop... Keep it!"
Is the first time i see the Torch Ginger Flower OPENED...

Great!

shahrul said...

kalau tanam dlm pasu boleh berbunga ke tak ye? nak buat pokok hiasan.

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