I’ve never eaten it before because I was not quite sure I would like it. A few have grown in our garden and this was one of them. I am talking about Jantung Pisang. I have no idea what it is called in English.
Jantung Pisang taken from our garden.
However, we were told by some aunty that the kind we have in our garden is non edible as they were ‘tersangat bergetah’ —so we kindly donated them to the tree shrews/squirrels/birds which have since made our small garden their playground. But curiosity go the better of me and I really wanted to taste what eating jantung pisang would be like.
After months of wondering, today I went to the market and bought myself a jantung pisang and cooked gulai lemak jantung pisang. The recipe was for gulai lemak telur ikan-jantung pisang from some masakan kampung magazine I have in my collection. I went a tad too late. All the fish roe were sold out by the time I reached the market. So it was gulai lemak ikan selar jantung pisang.
The makcik at the market told me how to boil the jantung pisang prior to cooking it. With assam keping. The wisdom behind it, I don’t know but since I am a rookie in this, I followed her instructions to the T.
The gulai was just like any other gulai I’ve cooked before this. However, I must add that eating jantung pisang is an acquired taste. To me it was like eating lauk lemak with some rubber sheets.