I absolutely LOVE the fresh aroma, refreshing taste and strong palate cleansing flavor cilantro brings. I really don’t understand the disgust of the average Korean when they taste cilantro in a dish. These cilantro haters* always grimace when they smell it and always ask for no cilantro in their pho. My brother in law’s fiance is a perfect example of a cilantro hater. We recently went to go eat this Vietnamese-Thai-Chinese fusion restaurant. I ordered these shrimp rolls as an appetizer. I felt so bad for her because when she bit into a shrimp roll inside it was filled with glorious cilantro- she nearly chokes and spits it out with absolute disgust! I love cilantro so much that I ALWAYS ask for extra cilantro when ordering pho and the Vietnamese server always looks dumbfounded- as if I’m not supposed to like it.
So lately, I’ve been on a cilantro kick. I’ve been scouring for recipes calling for lots of cilantro and I’m even thinking of growing fresh cilantro- shouldn’t get too carried away- after all, I lack in plant growing skills and I don’t think I could deal with a cilantro plant dying of all things! I would be devastated. Any tips on growing fresh herbs??
There’s a cute cafe here called- *drum roll please*- Cilantro. They roast and grind their own coffee beans and have an assortment of fresh daily baked goods. Someone brought me cilantro corn fritters from there and oh my heavens DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, they don’t make it daily so to satisfy my cravings-after experimenting, I have come up with my own recipe!
It’s a delicious for anytime of the day. I will post pics later.
Cilantro Corn Fritters
Here’s my recipe:
1 large egg
1/4 cp. milk
1 cp. pancake mix (I used Hungry Jack bc their pancake mix seems to make light and fluffier pancakes in comparison to other brands but I’m sure others will work just fine)
12 oz. can whole sweet kernel corn, drained
1/2 cp. of thinly sliced sweet onion, red bell pepper and scallions
Springs of cilantro- as much as you prefer
Fluffy fritters need a light hand, so don’t over beat the milk, egg and pancake mix. Add in all your vegetables and stir gently. Drop by teaspoonfuls into well greased griddle w hot olive oil - on med. high heat cook slowly until golden brown on both sides as if your cooking a pancake.
Serve with maple syrup, plain or with dipping sauce (recipe below).