Banana Flower and Chicken Salad

Preparation info
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    small portions
    • Difficulty


Appears in
New Wave Asian: A Guide to the Southeast Asian Food Revolution

By Sri Owen

Published 2002

  • About

This recipe is Khmer, from Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh, though I have adapted it a little to suit my way of cooking. If you can’ t get banana flowers, use palm hearts instead.


  • 2 chicken breasts, with skin and the bone
  • 1 fresh banana flower
  • 2 tbsp lime juice<


Cook the chicken breasts in lightly salted water to cover for 15 minutes. Remove them from the stock and leave to cool. Meanwhile, remove the two outer layers of hard reddish-purple leaves from the banana flower and discard, then halve the interior.

When the chicken is cold, remove skin and bones and return these to the stock pot. Bring the stock to the boil again and, when boiling, add