Posted September 12, 2011 by Jennifer Lam in Grow It, Cook It

My very own pandan plant

I thought I’d quickly share the latest excitement in my life – my very own pandan plant!
Over the last few months, I’ve fallen more and more in love with the pandan flavour. There’s banh kep la dua (Vietnamese pandan & coconut waffles), pandan chiffon cake, House Thai’s toasted brioche with pandan & coconut gelato, kaya (coconut & pandan jam) and butter on toast, the awesome Malaysian treat onde onde (pandan glutinous rice dumplings filled with palm sugar), and so much more.
It’s easy to see why pandan is commonly referred to as South-East Asia’s vanilla, it’s just so sensuously fragrant!
Pandan plants (pandanus amaryllifolius) prefer the tropical climate and are sensitive to Sydney’s frosty winters. Being the complete noob that I am at gardening, I didn’t want to buy one during winter.
My mother bought me this pandan plant on the weekend, and as it is now spring, I’m really hoping I can keep it alive, and even learn to propagate it!! Excitement overload!
pandan plant
Since posting this photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, I’ve been getting lots of questions about where you can buy pandan plants from in Sydney.
I thought I’d share this with everyone here… She bought this one from Canley Vale Nursery but the plant does occasionally make an appearance at plant shops in Cabramatta.

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Canley Vale Nursery
62 – 68 Canley Vale Road, Canley Vale NSW
Phone: (02) 9723 2688
Open 6 days 9am – 5pm, closed on Tuesdays
I highly recommend you calling to check on availability prior to visiting as there are never many and it’s highly sought after in Sydney.
I’ve also seen it online at the following stores:
Cornucopia Seeds & Plants
El Arish Tropical Exotics
Can’t wait to start cooking with these homegrown pandan leaves! 🙂
Good luck on your pandan plant hunt!

Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.