February 21, 2011

Taro Sticks

Normally I only eat at Sweet Basil for supper. So trying the lunch experience brought a lovely surprise I had missed until then - taro sticks.  Promptly after we ordered from the short-list of lunch specials, an intriguing plate appeared for the table. Not potato slices, or yucca, or yam or parsnip, but another starchy root vegetable well-suited to the fryer.
Taro makes the most sense for a Thai restaurant, being SE Asian in origin.  But I had mainly seen it in a mashed form previously (as poi in Hawaiian meals, taro cakes in Chinese, and as a base for mixed vegetables in Malyasian). I was delighted by the light, crisp exterior and the lightly tuberish flavor of the interior. An excellent appetizer.

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