The Rojak flower…
Have you ever wonder what’s the crispy pink petals found in the Singapore delicacy, Rojak? Rojak is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad consists of cucumber, pineapple, turnip, fried tofu and Chinese fried fritters mixed with a sweet and thick peanut sauce. In the Rojak food stall, you may find bunches of unopened pink flowers. Singaporeans called these the Rojak flower.
In fact, these flowers come from a ginger plant commonly known as Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior). The name is derived from the appearance of the opened flowers to a flaming torch. However, this plant may be too big to be grown in the balcony! They comes in a few colours, the most common is pink in colour, and the uncommon and harder to grow will be those flowers in either white or red colour.
Many more emerging flowers
Although the petiole and leaves can grow to a height of 2 metres, the flowers are usually found near the ground. My gardeners cut these opened flowers and use them as cut flowers in the office. They told me that these flowers can last for quite a while, around two weeks!