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Thai dessert : Gluai Namwa Chuean – banana in syrup

Thai dessert recipe, Gluai Namwa Chuean or banana in syrup. Easy to make, few ingredients and another way to eat bananas.

  • 6 small or 3 large bananas
  • 3 limes (the lemon is more acidic, only one will be enough)
For the syrup:
  • 300 grams of sugar
  • 200 ml of water

Recipe : Gluai Namwa Chuean

  1. Peel and cut the bananas into quarters
  2. Put everything in a large bowl.
  3. Squeeze the limes. Dilute the juice in a little water to completely cover the bananas in the bowl.
  4. Soak in limewater for about 1/2 hour.

Syrup preparation:

  1. In a saucepan pour the sugar and the water
  2. Mix gently over low heat to completely dissolve the sugar in the water.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, filter using a clean cloth.
  4. Return the syrup to low heat and bring to a boil.

Stir in the bananas:

  • Remove the bananas from the saucepan and rinse them with clean water.
Tips  : 
Keep the juice. This makes a nice little slightly acidic fruit juice with a scent of banana ... very refreshing
  • Add the bananas to the syrup.
  • Put on low heat and stir regularly
  • Take them out when they start to take on a little color.
The color of cooked bananas depends on the type of banana. Some tend towards a very pretty red / pink. Others towards a brown color ... which does not make you want!  But the taste remains the same!

How to serve Gluai Namwa Chuean

  • You can eat it hot like that directly or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Or cold. It is an ideal dessert to discover another way of eating bananas!
Tips : 
Bananas can be replaced by either sweet potatoes or pumpkin. It's the same recipe ...

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