Steaming and cooking food wrapped in different leaves is a popular method of food preparation in most of Asia. These leaves impart their delicate fragrance to the final dish and help stop certain foods from drying out.
Dried bamboo leaves are often used to wrap glutinous rice dumplings like Zong Zi, Bak Chang or used to line dishes.
To Prepare: Boil the dried bamboo leaves in water until soft then rinse carefully and soak overnight if required. Drain and use as required.
- be careful not to bend the leaves when still dry as they will split.
- weigh down the soft leaves with something heavy to stop them curling up.
- keeping them soaked in hot water will also keep them soft before use.
- do not eat the leaves!
Product of China.