Pandan leaf extract is one of the most popular flavours you can find in Asian dessert. It sweet melody blesses the dishes with beautiful aroma. Pandan leaf gives both color and flavour. The fresh extract of pandan leaves delivered the freshest green and loveliest fragrance. It is Vanilla of Asia.
When I am at home in Thailand, my kitchen has a privilege luxury to access the fresh pandan leaves whenever I can. They grow easily within our fence. I love tying up a couple of leaves into green knot and drop in the pot when I cook rice. It enhances the sweet flavour in fresh coconut cream. Most of all, I love how it turns sweet rice balls into perkiest green gems.
It is so sad that pandan leaf is so difficult to find in some part of the world. My kitchen in India too does not have that luxury. I rely one a few drop of pandan extract that may not be as wonderful as the fresh one but it does make the dish feel completed.
I use Pandan flavour from Best Odour brand. We just use it like other food extract. It gives the most earthy and exotic flavour to sponge cake. I regularly used it in coconut syrup and many (every) dessert dishes in my home.
This small bottle smells like the whole garden of Thai dessert. It is mellow sweet and vividly stamped in every molecule of food.
What’s your favourite flavour?