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March 19, 2010

Plantains vs Bananas

As a foodie, I’m always learning new things when I eat out, especially when I’m with other food lovers. Here’s what I had at Checkers a few days ago — roasted chicken leg with plantain banana.Plantains are a member of the banana family. They are starchy, low in sugar, and are served as a side dish in many savoury dishes. They look like green bananas but ripe plantains become dark brown/black in colour. When fully ripe, plantains are aromatic and sweet. They are bigger than bananas, harder to peel (especially when green), and must be cooked for consumption.It looks obscene. Okay fine, maybe I’m looking at things at a slightly perverted angle. But after a few glasses of wine, it’s hard to fault me. What do you think? Doesn’t it look…odd? =P

L-r: Plantains, red bananas, bananitos, Cavendish bananas.
(image taken from wikipedia)

7 Responses

  1. eiling lim

    this is interesting. After a few glasses? that looks like a number of bottles!!

  2. Eric

    they all look like bananas to me.

  3. J

    Hmmm….
    Interesting combination
    ….but how was the taste when eaten with the chicken? Nice ah?

  4. Baby

    is plantains similar to montel?

  5. mimid3vils

    never know banan can be a side dish of a savoury except chicken maryland :P

  6. Marcus

    I can imagine what it would taste like.

    Kinda like sweet potato texture is it?

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    Marcus – Yup…close to that. But it's not as sweet.

    mimi – Me neither…I learnt something that night. ;)

    Baby – Nope…montel is sweeter.

    J – It was quite good, surprisingly.

    Eric – How to become food blogger liddat? >.<

    eiling – Errr….8 bottles, 6 pax? =P

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