Rice and Viand Wrapped in Banana Leaves

How many of you have experienced having a packed lunched wrapped in banana leaves? I experienced it during the two years of my elementary grade schooling. There was nothing wrong with bringing a packed lunch wrapped in banana leaf but almost of of my school mates started to switch to plastic food box. Having only few of us left with the old fashion banana leaf wrapper was a bit embarrassing.

I asked my mother to buy a me a plastic food box. I got my wish after few weeks. From then on, I was using the more elegant plastic food box for my packed lunch. Plastic food box provide more protection to food, it is very sturdy and won’t let its contents spill out unlike the leaf that torn apart easily. Have another food box and you can have a packed soup that cannot be contained by banana leaf. However, I was not happy with this plastic box. Packed lunch in banana leaf is more delectable.

The rice and viand is wrapped in banana leaves while still hot. It seems that leaf has flavors that are imparted to food. I don’t know what are those flavors but this technique is working. Most of you will agree with me for sure.

The popular Binalot Restaurant is serving meal wrapped with banana leaves. I like their food very much that I always eat in their restaurant whenever I passed by.


Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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