Pandan leaves “I think it’s going to be the new matcha”

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson says pandan could be next big food craze in UK, US…. “I think it’s going to be the new matcha”

PETALING JAYA – It is the main ingredient that gives nasi lemak its distinctive aroma, and now it is set to overtake avocados as the next global food trend.

Pandan leaves, which are found in the backyards of many Malaysian homes, are already gaining attention among restaurants and households in the United States, according to popular celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.

It’s a type of plant that we could easily grow in our backyard and we often use it as an ingredient to add flavour and sometimes colour to both savoury and sweet dishes, and even drinks.

Locally, pandan is used in preparing staple food such as nasi lemak to desserts such as onde-onde.

These green leaves offer more than just natural aromatic smell as there are many health benefits including healing sunburn and relieving pain. They are even used to repel insects and as natural deodoriser in cars.

While pandan is a common ingredient used by many Asian households, particularly in the Southeast Asia region, that’s not the case in the West.

However, things are about to change as Lawson has pointed out that the herbaceous tropical plant has already started to gain popularity in the US, the same trend is expected to be seen at the UK.

“I think it’s going to be the new matcha,” she was quoted as saying British daily The Times.

“I may be wrong, but we seem to be interested in that. It’s not in Waitrose (a popular chain of British supermarkets). I don’t know where it is in the country yet. But I notice more and more people in America baking with pandan essence, which comes from the leaf.”

According to The Independent, Lawson is popularly known as a trendsetter when she caused the sale of avocados to spike by 30 per cent after she featured them on TV.

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Before that watch this video about the Pandan Leaves Benefits and Uses.



Source: thestar

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