We were so used to call the traditional Malay or Indonesian fried fritters as Goreng Pisang instead Pisang Goreng – the grammatical correct term for these popular snacks.
History of Pisang Goreng – in the old day, banana trees were commonly planted around the villages and were one of the most common fruits available in the Kampong. Bananas tend to rot rapidly once ripe, in order to preserve the fruit, the Malay or Indonesian cleverly coat it with flour, deep fried to golden brown to extend the shelf life for those overly ripe banana fruit, this deep fried fritter has soon garnered its popularity and that shaped the born of Pisang Goreng.
As the time evolved, more varieties are added to the lists and the definition of Pisang Goreng has expanded not just bananas (Pisang) but includes a wider assortments examples the sweet potatoes, yam, green bean, cempedak and the more unique nian guo (the Chinese New Year sticky cake sandwiched by the yam or sweet potatoes).
Good Pisang Goreng relies on the type of flour used and how it was battered and deep fried besides the right content encased by the flour. The end results should be a thin, light, fragrance and crispy battered coating exteriorly to create a seamlessly pairing with the internal content.
When talk about good Pisang Goreng, Boon Pisang Goreng naturally the first name surfaced out in many people’s mind, what is their winning formula to conquer the hearts of their fans? We made a special trip to visit Boon Pisang Goreng at its new premises at the Balestier Market. It is hard to resist the temptation of not ordering all the varieties on display, the light battered coating was beautifully fried and you can’t find a piece with a burnt corner or uneven colour tone.
We tried their Signature Pisang Goreng on top of the Green bean, sweet potatoes, yam and the nian guo. Pisang Goreng must be eaten fresh while hot to appreciate the crispiness and fragrance of the coating; our high humidity environment could turn a best Pisang Goreng to be rather shabby in a short time.
Boon Pisang Goreng has delivered the same good fritters just it did at LongHouse, you can fully enjoy the crispy soft (not hard) coating which is their wild card and where all the praises all about. Pisang Goreng was our after lunch snack and this heavy duty fritters have not put off our gastronomic to accept the extra indulgence. We savoured every mouthful of this sinfully but delectable Goreng.
Each piece of Pisang Goreng costs in between 70 cents to $1.10.
Boon Pisang Goreng (Longhouse)
Add: Balestier Market and Food Centre, Stall 18, 411 Balestier Road, Singapore 329930
Hrs: 11am to 8.30pm daily (or until sold out)