Food / Lisamaree / Malaysia / travel

Malaysian Hawker Food

As we walked along the waterfront in Kota Kinabalu we came upon an area of small marquees setting up with cooked food. The area was dominated by charcoaled fish of varying shapes and sizes.

Out in the open we couldn’t help but wonder how and who would consume the food being prepared. We weren’t sure how hygienic these places were, so decided not to try them … until … I saw this lady.

We had no idea what she was making, but it sure smelt divine. I had to go over and take a closer look. Much to my surprise she was frying up battered bananas (you can see the banana slices in her white basket to the left of the picture).

As the battered bananas fried up they looked amazing. Curiously, they took around 5 to 6 minutes to fry in the bubbling oil. In the time it took to make the bananas, the lady next to her had produced two batches of Curry Puffs. These banana fritters are called Pisang Goreng. I couldn’t not walk off without trying one, and with 1 Ringgit buying 7 fritters it was a good deal.

Here are the  Pisang Goreng freshly out of the wok next to Fried Fish and Curry Puffs. It all looks so yummy!

It tasted yummy too! They were piping hot. The outside was crisp and crunchy but the inside still had a slight softness to it. The banana flavour seemed to be absorbed into the batter. If you like bananas, you’ll definitely like these. I sure did.


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