'banana leaves' on Serious Eats
These Achiote-Marinated Chicken Breasts Wrapped in Banana Leaves from Lourdes Castro's Latin Grilling take inspiration from cochonita pibil, a Yucatecan dish of marinated suckling pig slow roasted in a banana leaf, preferably buried underground. Since hole digging and piglet obtaining are not exactly standard backyard barbecue activities for most of us, Castro has created a friendlier version using chicken breasts and a grill.
Wrapping glutinous rice in banana leaves has to be one of the best things you can do with glutinous rice. The banana leaves impart their herbaceous, almost minty scent to the rice, which gets a double treatment of flavor: once from the wrapping, and again from the filling. You'll find banana leaf-wrapped bundles of glutinous rice across China and parts of Southeast Asia, the fillings varying according to regional tastes.