Smoked Banana Ice Cream
I came back from the gym and a long bike ride today and immediately made ice cream. I think there is something fundamentally wrong with my approach to exercise… Still, the results were delicious. This is actually one of the best ice cream’s I’ve ever made.
Smoked bananas are a snack food around Asia, and can be found in some Asian grocers. Small bananas are sliced, strongly smoked and partially dehydrated. The flavour may not be to everyone’s taste. A friend recently described the taste as ‘chewing on a wet cigar’, but don’t let that ringing endorsement put you off. The flavours and aromas are strong and complex with rich tobacco, vanilla and molasses notes, the sweetness of brown sugar and a mellow banana flavour. Those elements tempered and adjusted in ice cream form create a beautiful combination. I’ve used a heavy custard base here to stand up to the very strong flavours in the smoked banana.
This ice cream has a thick, creamy texture (it actually holds without melting for 5-10 minutes at room temperature) which matches extremely well with the smoky sweetness of the banana. The strength of it is that you probably couldn’t sit and eat a whole tub in a sitting – it’s more of a ‘one-scooper’ – but it would work well as an accompaniment in a multi-element dessert. In the future I might be tempted to serve this with a slice of toasted coconut cake, or even some croutons of banana bread for texture. Either way, I think I’m going to need to go to the gym again…
- 70g smoked banana
- 350ml full cream milk
- 125g caster sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- 400ml cream
- ½ tsp vanilla paste
Roughly chop the smoked bananas and place in a small saucepan with cold milk. Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat and leave to cool and infuse for 30 minutes. Puree the banana and milk in a blender until very smooth.
Beat the egg yolks and caster sugar together until foamy, pale and tripled in size. In a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil and then quickly whisk half of the hot cream into the egg mixture. Transfer the whisked egg mixture back into the remaining cream in the saucepan and whisk over low heat until it forms a loose custard that will coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard into the banana mixture and fold together. Transfer to a metal bowl sitting inside another larger bowl of ice and water and cool the mixture quickly by continuing to stir it for 5-10 minutes. Freeze in an ice cream churn until set.
Thanks for the recipe, but mainly I’m not commenting on it. I’m actually responding to your twitter feed half an hour ago, but since I don’t have an account on twitter pardon me for responding here 🙂
The name of the meat you were shown cooking was cut off from the episode in the English version, but in the Arabic version it was simply replaced each time by simply the word “meat” in Arabic.
Obviously it was Pork 😀
Congratulations for winning.
An Egyptian Fan.
:::sorry for my English:::
You are a great cock I have seen
and I like this Ice cream
Thanks for sharing us
Thanks for that. I was wondering how Star would approach it!
You surely understand the cultural issue here, so they simply solved it by removing it 😀
Yes, I definitely understand the cultural issue. I’m was born in Malaysia and my grandparents on my mother’s side were Muslim. In fact, the name on my birth certificate is Adam Bin Halim! (That’s true.)
is there any way to make smoke banana.
No supermarket here buying something like this.
Yes, you can smoke it yourself. I think it is hot smoked for about 20 minutes and then semi-dried.
it was such a great finale yesterday, both of you deserved to be the 2 finalists… so what have you done since you won Master Chef?
(a fan from Jordan)
forgot to say congratulations on your winning 🙂
I do the same thing! I go to the gym, and then eat more than I should because I feel like I’ve earned it.
Lovely recipe, although it’s not quite ice-cream weather… (Pffft, as if that matters, lol!)
I am glad you’re back to blogging. I keep waiting for you to write again. I also comment to ask, if you are opening a restaurant in oz? I admire your cooking. Another one since Matthew Mc Kenzie!
Wow, smoked banana ice cream! Must try that! I do love dried bananas (not sure if they taste the same)…
Had no idea about your birth cert, interesting fact! 😉
Quick Q: I’m going to Singapore for the first time ever (I know, hard to believe), and also going to KL/Malaysia (been there before but have yet to find THE places to eat), so was wondering if I could pick your brain as to your top recommendations for Singapore/KL to eat? I’m not so interested in ‘fancy’ food, but rather, the ‘real stuff’, if that makes sense.
Sorry about the long post. Hope you’re well, and not being run to the ground.
I think in KL you should try the Hokkien Mee at Ahwa’s on Jalan 222, and definitely the kaya toast at Yut Kee. For mamak stuff try Raju’s.
In Singapore, you could do worse than breakfast at Tiong Bahru housing estate food court.
Thanks Adam! Have jotted all your recommendations down 😉
is your book out yet?
Hi Adam! This is going to be off-topic, but I think I saw you on a Melbourne-bound flight last week and I was too shy to ask for a pic! Anyway, hope to bump into you some time again soon! Keep up the great work! 🙂
As ridiculous as I’ve felt watching Masterchef almost a year after it ended (on FOX), it was interesting observing the winner months before the actual win. Two things struck me about you and made me (and my four-year-old) a big fan of yours: You were very adventurous with your cooking — like that very cute French chef said toward the end of the season — and you were astoundingly humble! When they announced you’d won you kept hugging Callum, sort of like you were consoling him or apologizing to him for having won! It was very sweet, very heartwarming, and a truly wonderful lesson in life for my curious daughter. I was already rooting for you, but that attitude made me even happier you’d won. Of course, after they brought your family in and your father spoke it seemed no wonder you were so polite and a good sport. Your family seemed like really great people.
You’re obviously really funny as well! This post cracked me up. Your smoked-banana ice cream sounds delicious. They really should enable attaching samples with food articles everywhere *feeble grin*.
More power to you! I will definitely read the previous posts and anything new you put up. All the very best.
Hi Adam, just want to let you know that I love your “Two Asian kitchens” cookbook!! It’s really amazing to get close to m’sian food here in australia since I’ve been away from hometown (Penang) for so long. Really like them all…. Can’t wait for your next cook book n new adventure. All the best!!!
hi adam! i’m indonesian and currently live in singapore. i’m a designer and also love to cook. suddenly i just remember your seven lucky gods skewers and that’s bring me here. btw have you ever cook indonesia traditional cake/dessert? they’re soooooooo good. if you’re interested i’ll send u some example of the recipe in english so you can try it at home.
oh ya, if you go to indonesia and found a Manado restaurant,try cakalang rabe. it’s skipjack tuna with super tasty spicy herbs. and if you go to Aceh don’t forget to buy “ayam tangkap”.i think you might like it. it’s awesome!
i think masterchef australia season2 is the most succesful masterchef show among other countries. very happy to watch you guys cooking.friendship.your love for family and food. btw i looooveeeeeee your ceramic jug!
Of course you would have to smoke one of the most expensive things right now in the market?? WHY?! Hahahaha
certainly tastes very good
Thank you for explaining to me what the ‘smoked banana’ was. It has been my favourite snack since I was little but do not get the opportunity to eat it these days. I never knew what they were.
Where did you get yours from?
I bought these in a market in Malacca. I don’t know where to find them in Australia unfortunately. Sorry Naomi!
OOoh! Cant believe you replied. An actual connection with Adam Liaw!
I became your fan when you won. I thought your background is so interesting and its really the experience one needs to talk about food these days. There is just so many ways different cultures deal with food, and you only experience them by living in the cultures for a while. And of course because no one could talk about food without experiencing food in Japan. There just is no where better place to love food.
Was thinking of sharing my big foodie tip: have you heard of Emmanuel Stroobant? He is a chef in Singapore and has a few cookbooks out with a TV program too? I havent actually tried his food recently, but I would like to recommend him to you. Interesting food.
Thank you for making my day!
this looks delicious! i can just imagine the taste 🙂
I actually invented this ice cream in year 2000 for my restaurant Champor – Champor in London. I am a London based Malaysian chef called Adu Amran