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Tropical Yum-
Yum Tawai is one of the most popular meatless dishes.

Prep Time:
 45 min
Total Time: 45 minutes
       Ingredients How to?

  •  2 cups bamboo shoots
  •  1/2 banana flower
  •  2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 cups Chinese water spinach
  • 2 cups green beans

Tips and Techniques: For a vegetarian Tropical Yum, substitute soy sauce for fish sauce.

Tropical Yum Sauce

  •  1/2 cup coconut milk
  •  1 tablespoon red curry paste
  •  1 tablespoon fish sauce
  •  1 tablespoon fried shallot
  •  2 tablespoons Palm Sugar
  •  1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  •  1 tablespoon tamarind
  • Grill the banana flower whole in an oven for a couple of hours and use half of it. Then peel off the black part on the outside until you only have the grayish cooked banana flower. But if you want to save time, you can also cut the uncooked banana flower in half, lengthwise, and boil for 5 minutes or until soft. Again, peel the reddish peel outside until you have the off-white banana flower. You might end up with a substantially smaller banana flower, but you'll find that it will be more than enough for the meal.
  • After cutting the banana flower in half, rub the opening with lime juice to keep it from turning black which looks unappetizing. Rub the lime juice on the opening even if you want to boil it because otherwise it turns black.
  • Cut green beans, eggplant, bamboo shoot, bell pepper and Chinese water spinach into inch long pieces.
  • Boil eggplant, drain and set it on a serving plate. Blanch green beans, bell pepper, Chinese water spinach and bean sprouts in sequence, drain and set them on the plate.
  • Cut the banana flower into inch long pieces and set them on the plate.
  • In Thailand the type of pepper that is used is Prig Chee Fah, a big, light green pepper that is not hot, but if you donít find that type of pepper, substitute it with a green bell pepper. You can use the red bell pepper, too, for the color. The flavors stay true to the spirit of the original recipe.
  • For a traditional recipe, shred boiled chicken and set it along side of the vegetables. Add boiled ground fish in the sauce. Any white fish will do.
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