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Happy National Fish and Chip Day

Today’s National Fish and Chip Day. A Great British classic, but probably one you’re sat there thinking “not for me”. This year’s National Fish and Chip Day is slightly later than usual, but hey, it’s 2020 and that’s certainly not the weirdest thing about this year.

So. We’re here to help people on a plant based diet celebrate National Fish and Chip Day. We’ve discovered a b.e.a.utiful plant based alternative. Yes, you heard me right. A battered alternative to “fish” and chips which is  known for various health benefits, such as: help with curing infection, helps with treating diabetes and anemia and is known for its anti-ageing properties, among others.The product i'm talking about of course is (drum roll please….) Banana Blossom. 

Banana Blossom comes from South East Asia and as the name may suggest, it comes from banana trees. Please don’t freak out at the thought of battered banana. The taste and texture have little resemblance. It is a little odd to look at in its raw form (but hey, so is Donald Trump), but don't let the initial appearance deter you, because once it is prepped and cooked there is no better alternative to achieve that flaky, delicate texture; Tofu doesn't even come close.


But don't take our word for it, try the recipe below yourself and have a happy National Fish and Chip Day! (You can get some of the ingredients, including the Banana Blossom on our site. Those you can, we’ve hyperlinked the ingredients for)



INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST VEGAN FISH AND CHIPS

 

Flour Mixture

  • 125 g flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1.5 tablespoons crushed nori

 

Batter

  • 125 g flour
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine (or substitute with more pickle juice)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 140 ml sparkling water (can substitute in light beer if you prefer beer batter)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Rinse and drain the banana blossoms. 
  • In separate bowls, combine the ingredients for the flour mixture and whisk together the ingredients for the batter.
  • In a pot or wok, heat the frying oil. You'll want enough so that the battered banana blossoms can swim in the oil but make sure you leave enough space in the pot/wok so that it doesn't spill over.
  • Coat the banana blossoms in the flour mixture. Then dip them in the batter. Carefully lower them in the oil. Let them fry for about 4-5 minutes until golden brown, flipping them once. 

Transfer the fried banana blossoms onto a kitchen paper to remove excess oil. Serve with tartare sauce, fries, and mushy peas, for example. Add fresh dill on top and squeeze with lemon juice.