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April 23, 2008


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Thais use pandan with coconut quite often in desserts as well. It's got a wonderful flavor.

This ice cream is definitely going on my list!

I made ice cream yesterday too. No ice cream maker though. Or rather, my freezer is too full to fit. So I just kept mashing it by hand the old-fashioned way.

You can also use pandan to flavor desserts. VNese do that a lot. And to scent sweetened tofu.

I don't think I've ever had pandan, but your description of it (like banana, though some say coconut) sounds really appealing, especially as it starts to get hot!

Man, I really want an ice cream maker.

Done in a wrong way, pandan smells like chlorox or *bleeeep* (body secretion which smells like such). Maybe it's just me but I'm picky with my pandan. I smell the white tips first and if they smell like *bleeeep* I don't buy it.

Steep it with tea. Or scrunch and put inside chicken for lechong manok ala Baliwag. Use pandan water (or extract) as base for pandan crepes or pancakes too.

Reading your post, I kept thinking of ways to describe pandan, but other than "it goes with coconut, rice, and tea" I couldn't really figure out a description for it. Floral, but earthy. Not herby, not spicy. Oh well, it makes rice smell glorious and a few springs in a roasted chicken makes a big diff.

Hey, have you had a pinipig crunch? It's a vanilla/chocolate ice cream pop coated with chocolate and pinipig. Yum!

Great lookin' ice cream :) Pandan is ok in my book (unlike its common partner, coconut :p)

It's weird but somehow I was expecting 'green' colored ice cream. LOL It just proves that mass-manufactured food with Pandan as one of the main ingredients have tons of green food coloring. I tried making Puto Pandan using Pandan extract. The pandan taste was so strong my kids didn't like it. :( I'll have to use Pandan leaves next time. Thanks for the free plug. :)

Love pandan anything. Would love to make a pandan macaron! Your pandan looks so fresh, I think I can only get mine in the freezer section at the Asian store :(.

ooh...and I'm drooling over that ice cream , by the way...:)

I've never seen pandan leaves here, other cakes flavoured with pandan but I've never tried those either... I need to fix that.

Hi dp! I guess the pandan/coconut combo goes beyond the Philippines too. They do taste great together, though I don't think they taste alike.

Hi Dub C! I can only imagine the goodies you have filling your freezer;) What kind of ice cream did you make?

It most be getting close to downright hellish in AZ right around now right Julie? And if you get an ice cream maker, I recommend Krups.

That's a great tip about smelling the white tips, Bryan. Thanks for that. Pandan crepes and pancakes also sound amazing!

It's a tough one isn't it, Mila? Pandan flavor is definitely unique.

I've never had pinipig crunch, but I have heard of it before Manggy. It sounds a lot like the Nestle Crunch ice cream bars we have here, except our "crunchies" are probably made from a processed, mass-produced, rice-like substance, rather than real rice like pinipig;)

Thanks Babette. Oggi, one of the others I linked to, also has a recipe for puto pandan, so you could check that out too.

If anyone can pull off a pandan macaron, it's you veron! I'd love to see how you'd do that.

Hello brilynn! You should definitely give those pandan cakes a try and see how you like the flavor.

I don't have much experience using pandan but I never thought three leaves could go such a long way! I like the fact that your ice cream isn't green and totally focuses on the pandan flavor.

Just as long as you don't kill my brain like a poisonous mushroom you should "flow like a harpoon daily and nightly."

But, you must ask yourself: "Will it ever stop?"

And to that you must say "I don't know. Turn off the lights and I'll glow."

As for pandan, "to the extreme, it rocks a mic like a vandal, light up the stage and it will wax a chump like a candle."

Yay, you finally found pandan leaves. The last time I made pandan ice cream (combined with buco) was almost two years ago. I don't know why but the combination of young coconut and pandan makes sweets and cakes special.
The crunchy pinipig topping sounds really wonderful..I must make plain pandan ice cream soon.:)

I can't get enough pandan...it's also prevalent in Indonesian cuisine, and anything touched by it is lifted into a higher plane of existence. Truly a wonder leaf.

I use pandan to substitute for vanilla all the time! We have pandan gone wild in the garden, and it goes into rice, iced tea, kalamansi juice, sometimes even in my coffee. To mellow out harsh flavors, to reduce the cloying in sweet.

My "yaya" taught me a trick to extract max flavor: use a fork to pierce a leave, pull through so it is divided into multiple strands. Tie it then.

hmm, pandan, i can almost smell it now. great idea to flavour ice cream with with.
(i am still humming 'ice ice baby' in my head-thanks a lot...)

This is my first exposure to pandan ice cream. I love it! I can already imagine the beautiful flavors in this ice cream.
I'm really loving your photographs more and more, especially of the tied pandan leaves!

I volunteer that we don't compare Pandan to anything and say that the flavor of Pandan is... pandan. ^_^

This sounds delicious! Can't wait to see your other pandan experiments :) Reminds me that I better go out and buy some!

Btw, I love your rap/HH references and how you sneak them up on us! :) "Shay with a gauge and Pandan with a nine"...I was rolling on the floor!

This reminds me...in some places here they flavor the water with pandan (much like some restaurants flavor their water with lemon slices)...a foreigner friend handed me a glass and said, "You have to try this! It tastes like popcorn!" :)

I guess pandan tastes like different things to different people :)

ooh I LOVE pandan--in syrup, cakes, sweets, etc etc. My mum steeps it with sugar and water, adds a drop or two of red food coloring and stirs the resulting syrup into water. Over ice, this drink was my dad's after-work drink every evening when I was growing up.

i told my lola that i'd found a recipe for pandan ice cream. she just looked at me like i smelled gross, lol. she's old school. looks delectable though! i'll need to try this when i get home.

One day I hope to put my hands on some pandan, in the mean time, I'll just be content to enjoy it through your blog.

if you've got rice as a staple, i highly recommend steaming rice with one pandan leaf. this is a traditional method in the old country.

The ice cream looks wonderful and I love the idea of using pinipig as a topping.
Great post, this is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs.

Thanks Ruy. The leaves are very fragrant and long, so yes, 3 does the trick. I guess you could add more if you want more flavor.

Very nice, Hurst.

Hi oggi. Your own pandan recipes all looked very tasty too.

Nicely said, elmo.

Excellent tip, B! Thanks for that. I now always shred my pandan leaf with a fork.

Sorry, desie! It's probably one of the worst songs to have stuck in your head! ;P

Thank you very much WORC. I'm glad you are liking my pics.

You are right, Pamela! Pandan tastes like pandan!

Thanks, joey! I've never heard the popcorn comparison before, that's a weird one!

Thanks, Pat. I've been experimenting with your pandan syrup and hopefully I will be able to post something about it.

Hi sara! Your lola would probably look at me even worse!

Thanks Cynthia!

Yes, gemma, I've seen the rice and pandan trick and I will try that soon.

Thanks very much Erin! I'm glad you are enjoying my blog.

Hi Marvin, I agree! The pandan taste and aroma is indescribeable. In Malaysia nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) is never complete without one or two pandan leaves. I so, so miss it. Very difficult to get where I live. Only frozen ones and they are totally not the same thing.

Oh also there's a great Thai dish, chicken wrapped in pandan oh so heavenly. Yes, in my mind pandan is to Asia what vanilla is to the West. Pandan beats vanilla hands down every time, any time.

wow. this is making my mouth water :)

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