I wonder when people started eating papaya flowers! But I do know from quite a young age that durian flowers and banana flowers are delectable dishes cooked by several indigenous groups of people in Sarawak. My friend Zaharah cooks the best durian flowers to my knowledge.Each time I see durian flowers being sold in the bazaar(pasar tani ) I would surely be thinking of her lovely recipe....
Banana flowers are often sold as a vegetable in Miri. It is again a lovely "vegetable" to eat. Usually we cook it in a thin santan and spiced up with chili and belacan.
But nowadays papaya flowers have become quite a rage in Miri. They are frequently found in E Mart and are sold at 2 ringgit a plate (see photo).
After blanching the flowers to get rid of any sap you can fry them like kangkong or any beans.
They are known to have brought down high blood pressure for many people. Try it if you like.