Friday, May 30, 2014

Black Locust Blossom Pancake (槐花餅)

My friend LR whatsapp me last week asking if I know a edible flower called "Huai Hua" (槐花), a black locust blossom that is widely eaten in some part of China. He told me these blossoms are everywhere in this season near where I stayed and it could be eaten raw in salad or made into different kind of dishes. 

He also invited me to go pick some of these flowers from the nearby woods with him over the weekend.

The thought of finding edible wild plants fascinate me, I immediately jump on the bandwagon and brought mom with me. We had so much fun enjoying the fragrance of flowers and the fresh air, we even ate the flower raw there, these blossoms smell a little like Jasmine and tasted sweet and crunchy. 

I made the flowers we collected into pancake today and it is tasting really yummy!

Here is the portrait of these beautifully yummy flowers.

2 cups of Black Locust Blossom (Soaked in salt water for 10 minutes, clean thoroughly and drain.)
4-5 tbsp of all purpose flour
1 medium size egg
1 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
A little water to adjust batter consistency
1-2 tbsp of cooking oil ( I used coconut oil)

1. Remove stem and leaves from the flowers, clean and soak flowers in salt water for 10 minutes.

2. Whisk together egg, sugar salt and flour into thick batter, add the flower into batter and adjust the consistency of batter by adding flour or water, the batter's consistency should resemble pancake batter.

3. Heat up a frying pan with 1 tbsp of cooking oil, fry the pancake both sides until golden in color.

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