Imagine if celery were a fruit: that’s close.
Pandan is kind of a vegetal vanilla
a plant with broad green leaves that somehow
becomes soft and pale green bread,
spongy green cakes, and gummy desserts.
The flavor is common as vanilla anyway,
appearing in the bread vending machines dotting the island,
selling half loaves of “American recipe” white
and pandan and milk flavor for toasting,
bought with gold dollar coins by aunties in pajama sets
to soak up the soft-boiled sunrise.
Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 23, Issue 2.
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