I simply love coconut, so if there is any food flavored with or containing coconut on the menu, I will surely order it. Little Green Cyclo's board highlighting the specials didn't give any description of the dishes, so when I got to the window to order my dinner, I asked what the Pandan Waffle was. The nice guy at the window responded by handing out a bowl of samples for me to try, leftovers from their sampling a short while ago. He warned me that they were cold but that it would at least give me an idea of the flavor. As I popped it into my mouth, he explained that the waffle was made with coconut milk. Say no more; I was hooked! He didn't need to sell me with, "it's great when it's fresh and hot," because it was great when it was cold. "I'll take it!" I ordered excitedly and then stepped aside to eagerly await my food.
|Pandan plants (Photo credit: Speedlights/flickr/cc2.0)|
Pandan is a tropical plant that is widely used in Southeast Asian cooking. The plants are bright green, have a sweet nutty taste and have a special flavor that pairs wonderfully with coconut. I loved that Little Green Cyclo's waffle took on the vibrant green color of the pandan, and my guess is that they used both pandan extract to impart the flavor and a generous amount of the actual plant itself.
Had the queue at Little Green Cyclo been shorter, I would have gladly ordered a second waffle. By that time the queue had grown to over 20 people, however, waiting in it again was just not feasible. I sincerely hope that Little Green Cyclo adds this to their permanent menu or at least makes this more of a frequent treat. And next time, I'll be sure to order two (or three)!
Rating: 4.5/5 (ratings guide)
Little Green Cyclo (@lilgreencyclo) $3.00 per waffle
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