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