As far as street food is concerned, I always thought seafood was king. Yet I soon began to realise that more and more tasty snacks out there were made from bananas.
Pisang Goreng (Indonesia) is among my favourite foods around Asia, let alone just with bananas. It seems most parts of Indonesia have its own regional styles, but generally the bananas are fried and battered. Sometimes, in larger warungs, they can be served with syrup or ice cream. Going Bananas for Pisang Goreng.
Cekodok (Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore) is a traditional fritter snack that is made with flour and banana, and is fried. It is usually round in shape and tends to vary in size. There are many varieties of this snack, some substituting the banana with anchovies, prawns, onion or maize.
Kauknyintok (Myanmar) is a banana wrapped in glutinous rice, which is itself often served wrapped in a banana leaf. So it’s kind of a banana in rice in a banana! This is extremely popular as street food all over Myanmar and it tastes delicious!
Kluay Kaek (Thailand) are deep fried sliced bananas, and whereas Indonesian versions and Filipino versions are usually fried whole, what makes the Thai variation different is that they come much thinner, in more bite-size pieces. I have seen many of these sliced bananas sprinkled with what looks like coriander seeds.
Choui Chien (Vietnam) is the Vietnamese version of fried bananas, and I have found them to much larger in portion sizes to what you usually get in other places of South East Asia. It is not uncommon to see these sold on every street corner in Hanoi, and I often couldn’t resist the temptation!
Ginanggang (Philippines) is a snack food of grilled and skewered bananas that are brushed with margarine and sprinkled with sugar. It originates from the island of Mindanao. It is made from a type of banana in the Philippines called saba. The banana is peeled, skewered and then grilled over charcoals. When the outer surface is lightly charred, it is then taken off the grill, brushed with margarine, and sprinkled with sugar.
How many of these banana delicacies have you tried? The bananapocalypse is near!