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Friday, 11 September 2015

Bunga Tongkeng/夜来香 - Edible Flower

Oh my kucing! Mamarazzi really ? Gone crazy about flower ah? On Wednesday morning she went to the morning market and bought these.

Papa asked for what? She said the seller told her that these are edible flowers. The seller said it's called 夜来香. Wah lau eh....luckily it is not called (poo).

Mamarazzi asked her gardening "kaki(s)" and they told her it's called Bunga Tongkeng/Bunga stokin/Chinese Violet/Tonkin Jasmine/Bunga Tangkal Ledang/Fragrant Telosma and the scientific name is Telosma Cordata.

When Papa heard the word Tongkeng he laughed and asked whether she knows what it meant or not. Of course she knows and the flowers doesn't have tongkeng ayam smell leh. In fact it has a sweet scent.

Her gardening members taught her a few recipes on how to cook this. Among that  :-

1) Cook soup- just some anchovies/mince meat/pork ribs, salt and egg with this.


2) Omelette

3) Stir fry with any kind of meat/minced meat or seafood like prawns and clams.

4) eat raw as "ulam".

Mamarazzi opt for stir fry with meat. Easy. Just slice the meat thin and marinate it with salt and soy sauce for half an hour. Chop some garlic. Put a bit of oil into the wok, fry the garlic till fragrant and add in the meat. When the meat are nearly cooked, just add the flowers. Done. Oh ya...just add a bit of salt to taste.


She asked me to be guinea pig taste wor but I said "no thanks". Papa tasted. Said nice. Last Mamarazzi taste. She said good also. Taste a bit like the stir fried lily bulb that she had in Cameron Highland. Only that these are not as sweet as the Lily Bulbs


 Papa told Mamarazzi not to cook all. Leave some for him to eat as Ulam.

 Eat as ulam taste sweeter than when it's cooked wor.

Yesterday she went to pasar (market) again; hunting for this flower. Lucky for her, yesterday there were two stalls selling this.

According to her gardening members, eating this flower is good for the eye sight. Feedback from her members is that now very hard to find this flower being sold in the wet market.

Came home ...made omelette.  Too stingy. Put too little  flowers coz she wanted to make soup pulak today.

Now she planning to plant this at home. Then harvest the flowers for cooking. Not bad leh....it would give out lovely scent and can be eaten . Just perfect leh. Gotta go to nursery in Sg Buloh to find liao. 




44 comments:

  1. The dishes are pretty and the presentations are very nice! :)

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    1. Thanks Linda. Now am learning about edible flowers

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  2. I never see this before. Good for eyes huh? I need to buy and cook for my family too.

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    1. yup...must find the plant and plant

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    2. Hi anyone know where can i buy t plant. I really really really looking for this flow plant for so long... anyone know pls email me at rainee.owyong@gmail.com.

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    3. Hi anyone know where can i get this plant. I really really looking for this plant for so so long..

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    4. Hi anyone know where can i get this plant. I really really looking for this plant for so so long..

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    5. Hi anyone know where can i buy t plant. I really really really looking for this flow plant for so long... anyone know pls email me at rainee.owyong@gmail.com.

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    6. There are a few hanging pots of tongkeng plants to be found in Floranika in Sg Buloh. RM20 each.

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  3. This flower looks familiar and interesting to me but I definitely have not eaten it before.
    When I heard Bunga Tongkeng, I would think of Tongeng which is upside down. I wonder if any nenek knows the origin and usage of this uncommon flower which is sold at markets. It would be good to add into everything and salads. Wonder what's the vitamin and supplement contents since there is belief that it would be good for eyesight.

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    1. LOL.....not sure about what vitamin but if go pasar and ask the seller they would know what floweror good for what. Some considered as weed but still edible

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  4. The flowers are very decorative too. If you do manage to find it in Sg Buloh, please share exactly where. :)

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    1. will let u know if I found it in sungai buloh

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  5. I wonder what it tastes like. Looks very nice. All these flowers, leaves, grass...have health benefits just that many do not know much about them.

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    1. ya...slowly learning from the vege vendors in the market

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  6. fuyoh.. something new to Uncle SK leh.. he has heard a lot about this from the oldies Chinese song but never knew this thing being sung for decades is actually existent and it's a flower!! at first looking at the photo, Uncle SK thought Mamarazzi want to eat jasmine pulak, hehe, that one make tea lah cannot makan right?? :D

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    1. Hahaha.....errr...mybe some jasmine can be eaten leh....a lot of edibles flowers out there that we didnt know aboit

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  7. wah, interesting leh Mamarazzi went to ask around the gardening kaki and they were able to give Mamarazzi so much useful information and delicious recipes!! the communication technology really brings people together huh?? with the list of recipes, maybe Mamarazzi can cook one Bunga Tongkeng feast lah, every dish also have bunga tongkeng, then that would be so interesting.. but Small Kucing still dares not try ke?? :P

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    1. betul betul....really flower crazy lor like this

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  8. actually looks nice woh Mamarazzi's (simply hentam) stir fried bunga tongkeng with oink-oink slices, the "jaap" sure very good to go with rice, and the bunga tongkeng must be crunchy and sweet and very tasty.. eih, just eat raw seems not a bad idea too huh?? what were those Paparazzi ate with?? deep fried fish skin ke??

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    1. ate with rice lo.

      That one is salted fish kakakaka

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  9. Hahaha, woi... 夜香 is just the short form for 夜来香, they are same same one. 夜来香 means poo also lah, I mean one of the meaning. My grandma used to explain to me why called like this hehehe.

    I see this flower, I feel geli, dunno why. I will be like small kucing, "err, no thanks"..

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    1. ya ka? 夜来香 is not a song about a pretty woman ka?


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  10. Interesting! Edible? Ok, I wanna try both ways... raw and un-raw... I wonder Ipoh market has this or not.. must ask my sifu Nancy or Elin... :)

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    1. think must have kot...Ya lor both sifu Nancy and elin will know

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  11. Hey, these flowers are so pretty! Love to hunt them down for my cooking too. Muahaha! xoxo

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    1. good luck and do post up what you do with that

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  12. Oh so this is the name! Saw it before but don't know the name...

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    1. oh Taiping have this ya. Good. Can make soup :)

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  13. I looked this plant up on google ... smiles : "Chinese Violet (Telosma cordata)
    Often filling the growing area with its heavy fragrance, this member of the Milkweed family is one of our most exciting fragrant plant introductions in recent years. Clusters of golden yellow blooms form along the vining stems during the summer months. Individual blooms emerge successively over a period of weeks emitting a rich, heavy fragrance that’s reliable day or night. Used for leis in Hawaii, it grows vigorously during the long warm days of summer with growth slowing and eventually coming to a standstill throughout the winter." ... looks so good with your recipe of garlic and meat, lil kitten ... what kind of meat do you use? Love, cat.

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    1. Mamarazzi used pork. But can also use chicken meat, beef, venison and others. Even fish fillet too

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  14. I have eaten a few edible flowers before, but never this one.

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  15. Waaa...this is interesting! I would love to try these one day to satisfy my curiosity. ^.^

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  16. Mamarazzi is so into gardening and planting your own organic veggie. Good, you can save up a lot during harvesting.

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  17. Didn't know about this edible flower. Wonder where to buy and grow in my garden.

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  18. So good lah.

    Bunga can eat and look good on a dish also. ;)

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  19. Similar like bunga betik right. Can eat as ulam.

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  20. This flower sounds delicious! I think I will like to eat it. So small kucing did not eat any flowers from all Mamarazzi's delicious dishes?

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  21. I thought it will very fragrant just like what's it suggested name :P

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  22. I bought my bunga tongkeng plant from Floranika in Sg Buloh.

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