What makes Thai lemongrass so special?
Asian food is among many other things, very healthy. The base of many cuisines in Asia consists of vegetables. Therefore, whenever we opt for Asian dishes, we can be rest assured we are protecting our health.
One of the ingredients commonly found in dishes, specially in South East and South Asia, is lemongrass. Whether it’s Indian, Indonesian or Thai lemongrass, the herb is widely found in many dishes. Interestingly, it is mostly sought because of its aromatic purposes. Adding lemongrass to your dishes will introduce freshness, and a bit of citrus notes.
Selecting your lemongrass
To pick the best lemongrass, make sure that the bottom is whitish to light green. In addition, the plant must be aromatic, and the leaves shouldn’t be so dry. Try to get it as fresh as possible for maximum fragrance.
Most stores sell it with the leaves, but what we really use is the bottom part of the stalk. Chop the leaves of and the bottom root and peel off the hard outer layer. Smash the stalk with a meat hammer or any other hard item like the bottom of a thick glass. This will release the essential oils and even more aroma. We will focus on Thai lemongrass in this post.
Why lemongrass should be on your menu
You can add this stalk to your soups and you will take it to the next level. The aroma and zestiness it brings will leave you quite pleased. You can also chop it finely and add it to your stir fry to get similar flavor and scent enhancements, as well as another layer of texture.
But this vegetable is not only amazing in dishes, the grass is also used because of its various health benefits. Most notably against inflammation. It has been reported to prevent infection and growth of yeasts as well as help with levels of anxiety. The use of its essential oils and as tea is definitely a great addition for those looking for healthy choices.
Lemongrass can be used as a decorative plant as well. You can plant some yourself from store bought plants. Put it on a glass of water until roots come out. You can also put it on soil as you would any other plant. Try to get organic lemongrass if you try this as sometimes growers will spray plants with anti rooting agents.
The magic of Thai lemongrass pork chop
Eating healthy food is one of the major factors in being as productive and happy as you can be. One dish which lemongrass enhances quite well is pork and rice. This quite easy meal is prepared by heating some oil over a skillet, then cooking some pork together with a number of ingredients. These ingredients include chicken stock, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, cornstarch, rice wine vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes amongst others. Fresh veggies are added at the end for a more flavorful experience in addition to the lemongrass. Not many people are aware such a recipe exists, and one place which offers a delightful version of this is Rice Bowl Deluxe. They offer a Lemongrass pork chop bowl with rice, pork spring roll, pan fired egg, fresh veggies, and fish sauce on the side. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.
Thai lemongrass has even achieved a little bit of an iconic status, as it serves as the name for many Thai or Thai influenced events and businesses. Our chefs are quick to incorporate this beautiful plant into our dishes, we are introducing a new dish here at Rice bowl Deluxe, lemongrass chops with vegetables, pork spring rolls and a bed of rice. Come over and see for yourself just what makes lemongrass so unique!
Rice Bowl Deluxe offers a variety of authentic Asian dishes that will satisfy your cravings. We offer high-quality, health-conscious dishes such as Korean rice bowls, Japanese steak bowls, Thai bowls, spring rolls, and noodle bowls in Edmonton. Check out our menu and have some amazing Asian food today!