Pandan? Several BLFers have Pandan growing.
We discussed this I know Matt, but try any contacts you can think of to try and find out the botanical name.
You could also try posting a question on Jerry Coleby-Williams FB page - he seems interested and knowledgable about some of these more unknown plants.
I know there are two types of Pandanus amaryllifolius, aka P. odorus. The smaller one, fragrant pandan or screwpine, is the one we use for making kuei, kaya, pandan chiffon and so on. The other is the large variety that I believe grows to 4m with leaves up to ~2m in length and ~9-10cm in width. As far as I'm aware, the latter does not have a separate botanical name. This must be the one that is used to wrap the dumplings.
You should be able to find the dried leaves at Asian grocers? We used to buy them in the culinary wilderness that is Canberra, so they should be available here.
I've only see pictures of this giant pandan. Growing one would be a challenge in this climate. And imagine the space needed.
Are you back in S'pore atm? We haven't made dumplings since moving to Brisbane but I reckon some grocers should stock them. Although I find grocers here, especially in Sunnybank, cater more to Taiwanese.
Good luck in your search!
Doh, I was thinking of dried bamboo leaves. I'd forgotten that traditional nyonya recipe calls for the giant pandan leaves.
Where were they Matt? I don't remember seeing any Pandan.
Love your icon pic btw. Can't wait until I have them growing myself.