Kefir Lime Leaf

I had a revelatory moment one balmy evening on the patio of the Amanjiwo Hotel overlooking Borobudur, the 9th century Buddhist monument in Java.  Dipping a crispy spring roll into the ubiquitous and oftentimes boring peanut sauce brought a gasp:  what was that flavor?  It was slightly citrusy, bright and yet deep like the jungle itself.  I later found out that the mysterious flavor was kefir lime leaf.  I was instantly a fan.  Upon returning home, I began scouring Indonesian and Thai grocery stores for the elusive leaf.  I couldn’t get enough!  Eventually, I planted a tree in a pot on my patio.  Using it judiciously as a background flavor creates exotic complexity.  More boldly as a primary flavor, kefir lime instantly transports one to a tropical Asian sunset of explosive flavor.  Naturally I use it liberally this time of year to elevate the saturated earthy flavors of Asian sauces, coconut curries, and stir fries, but it sings in desserts as well: try it as the central flavor in a creme anglaise over a dark chocolate souffle, in a creamy Thai tapioca or rice pudding, or muddled in a cocktail.  Of course it goes well in peanut sauce too…

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Kefir Lime Leaf

  1. I’m a kefir lime leaf fan, too. Ming Tsai’s recipe for Kaffir Lime-shallot sambal is addictive…
    Can you tell me where you found a tree to pot? I’m hoping to put one on my balcony…
    Thanks!

  2. Thanks for this article. I’d also like to talk about the fact that it can be hard while you are in school and merely starting out to create a long credit history. There are many individuals who are just simply trying to survive and have a long or positive credit history can often be a difficult factor to have.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s