Thursday, August 14, 2008

Banana Fritters / Cekodok Pisang Recipe

What do we Malaysian have in common? The answer is simple. EAT. Boy, do we love to eat! No matter how long we have been away from home, we just cannot change when it comes to eating. At breakfast, among other topic discussed would definitely be, "where or what are we going to have lunch and/or dinner?". It is pretty common for us to have breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper. Everyday.

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I may not be eating 5 meals/day anymore but I do daydream about it. I cannot help it. I like to know what I am going to have for lunch and what is for dinner, while I am having breakfast. Michael used to find it weird that I would be asking him what does he want for lunch while or right after we had breakfast. He is used to it now though. A girl needs to know in advance if she needs to take the chicken out from the freezer, you know what I mean? ;)

Anyways, my friend came over for lunch yesterday. After we had our lunch, she asked if I were going to make fried banana. Since I do not have plaintain which I normally use for fried banana, I decided to make some banana fritters instead. Another easy-peasie recipe. These are usually sold by the road-side stalls back in Malaysia during breakfast and tea time.

Banana Fritters / Cekodok Pisang
Serves 2

3 ripe bananas, peeled
1/2 cup flour
1/3 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Oil for frying

1. In a bowl, mash the bananas well. Add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. You will get a slightly thick batter.

2. In a wok or deep pan, put in the oil about 1.5"-2" high and preheat at medium heat.

3. Scoop the batter using a tablespoon and slowly let it 'slide' into the hot oil. Make sure the spoon is not too high up from the oil to avoid splattering. Fry until golden brown. Flip once or twice during frying.

4. Repeat step 3 until you have used all the batter.

Fry between 6-10 of them at any one time depending on the size of your wok/pan. You dont want to fry too many at one time since that would change the oil temperature and you will end up with soggy fritters drenched with oil.

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Maya said...

You are absolutely right! I wish you lived in New York so that I could come over for tea. I was looking at some sorry looking bananas on my counter and was planning on making the same thing!!

KitchenGirl said...

I am totally making these. My son would love them :) thanks for sharing.

By the way, I made the Cek Mek Molek the other day... and they were a HUGE hit! Everyone loved them :) thank you!

Zue Murphy said...

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daphne said...

oh that looks amazing! Can just imagine bitting into one of these!!

Lore said...

Oh, how I've missed banana fritters!! These look great and thanks for reminding me about them...they'll be stuck in my head until I finally make them againg :D

Tom Aarons said...

Wow! These look so good. I can just imagine eating these with a lovely hot coffee!

noobcook said...

I can totally identify with everything you say about the love for eating! A good meal never fails to cheer me, hee ... These banana fritters looks delicious :)~~

Deborah said...

I must have some Malaysian blood in me, because I'm always thinking about my next meal!! These fritters look delicious! What a great way to finish off your lunch.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Maya, east coast is just too cold for me. 2 yrs in PA is enough. lol. those sorry looking bananas are just the right kind for cekodok. ;)

KG, u made cek mek molek? bravo girl! i wonder how do u pronounce it? lol.

Zue, thank you. Il visit your blog in a bit ok?

Daphne, thank you. ;)

Lore, you are welcome. ;)i guess ul be getting some bananas soon?

Tom, you're right. somehow coffee make them taste even better! or maybe its just since im a coffee
drinker. lol.

Noobcook, I think if we all live close by to each other, eating would be the only agenda. lol.

Deborah, thanks for visiting. Maybe you do have Msian blood or a Msian in your previous life? hehe.

Chuck said...

It's interesting to see how food can bring people from all over the world together. Food is a bridge (and a delicious one ) to connect with people. Love the banana fritters ... Thank you for sharing!

crunchLin said...

oh how i'd love to pop one of those into my mouth! Save me one!

Leslie said...

Banana fritters..who whould have thought???? Yummmo!!!!

natrah said...

Farina..u made cekodok!!hehehheee btw,u panggil cekodok ke jemput2 pisang?hehheee either way it was delicious kan..:)

KitchenGirl said...

LOL... you'd probably die laughing at how I pronounce it... but I'll have you know you have 3 kids over here wanting to try more Malaysian food! :) And, hearing the 5 year old pronounce it is pretty adorable. LOL.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Chuck, thanks for visiting. We, foodies gotta send the message, Food, Not War! ;)

Crunchlin, only one? i doubt that's enough. lol.

Leslie, thanks for visiting. I hope you would try this and let me know the result. ;)

Nat, i ikut sedap rasa. sometimes i panggil cekodok pisang, others i panggil jemput2. hehe.

KG, you should make a video of how you and the kids say it and post on your blog. im pretty sure that would attract attention to your blog. ;)

J.T. said...

Hey Farina

Thanks for putting out this recipe (and the mango/apple salad). I have to remember to buy the main ingredients this Friday. :)
(and pray for inspiration to get busy in the kitchen. haha)

Never thought I would miss the taste of cekodok until I saw it the picture. yummm...

pearly said...

You are sooooo absolutely right :P.

I am the same each day I will ask derek the same thing hhaa.
that is Malaysian for you I guess we just love our food so bad ,
honestly I had 6 very ripe banana, when my aunt penny was here with me she fry the banana , my boys love it so I thought of doing this too but no recipe thank god you have it here , hahah thank sooo much , I can use your recipe now . it does look pretty yummy .

Sri said...

Fa, then you should come to the South East like Florida. hehehehehe... It's not cold at all!! Just have to prepare for hurricanes. LOL..

BTW, I think we call this Jemput-jemput in Singapore. That's what my family called it anyway. Love it. My mom always make this when there are unannounced guests.

Salt N Turmeric said...

JT, ur most welcome. ;)

Pearly, ripe banana is the best since theyr easy to mash and sweet.

Sri, hmmm hurricanes or earthquake? hahaha. i use both, cekodok pisang and jemput2 depending on whc one i remember first. lol.

curry`and`chopsticks said...

Hi! It's me, Curry N Chopsticks - I decided to come check out your page after reading a comment you left on mine...and I must say... Boy am I GLAD I decided to stop by! MAKAN-MAKAN EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't mind, I would like to list both your blogs (you're rather ambitious I must say, maintaining TWO blogs!) on mine - is that alright?

Keep up the good work :)
~ Nicole

Salt N Turmeric said...

Nicole, thanks! rather tough maintaining 2 blogs but im a sahw so iv gotta make myself busy. lol. i dont mind u linking to my blogs. ;)

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Dianne said...

I love cekodok hehehe nice to eat!!!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Dayang, senang dibuat and makan. lol.

reika said...

yum, this is a variation of goreng pisang I suppose. I'll definitely have a try!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Reika, welcome. Yes, this is 1 of the many yummy variationof goreng pisang. Hope you'l like it!

Aleena said...

I tried this recipe with my left over bananas and they were awesome! I added 1/4 tsp of brown sugar and it gave an added sweetness.

Salt N Turmeric said...

Thanks for trying the recipe Aleena and Im glad you liked it. :)