Banana and plantain are both called “pisang” in Bahasa. Do you know the difference of both? Plantain cannot be eaten raw like banana. Honestly, I still confused by them. Maybe partly because we only have one language to address them both.
There are several types of banana and plantain in Indonesia, and every time I’m buying them, I have to ask the seller, “Can I eat it raw?”. I simply cannot tell, sometimes I thought the one with thinner skin must be banana, and then I eat it and it totally unpalatable. Other type has green skin and already okay to be eaten raw, definitely banana. There’s still much I have to learn about banana/plantain world.
In this recipe I use what Indonesian called “Pisang Uli”, a type of plantain that have sweet and a bit sour taste in it. I suppose you can use any type of plantain to make this recipe.
Fried plantain or pisang goreng is a very popular snack in Indonesia. I have this silly image in my head of a typical Indonesian grown up man eating fried plantain, drinking a cup of coffee, and reading newspaper as breakfast. This image is what I watched in every Indonesian TV picturing “a father in breakfast time”. In reality, fired plantain is eaten not only as breakfast, but as snack in general. It is one of variant in gorengan or Fried Stuff vendor along with bakwan, fried tofu, fried tempeh, fried sweet potato, etc.
I like enjoying them in the afternoon when lunch is over long time a go and dinner still yet to come. Best with a cup of tea, with chili sauce as condiment. My husband like his fried plantain dressed with chocolate sauce and grated cheese.
I think fried plantain is a basic for all Indonesian home cook to master. Why? Because first, it is easy to make. Secondly, the ingredients is cheap and easy to get. BTW, we can get a bunch of plantain for only half a dollar in Indonesia. It’s enough for two or three snack time for a family.
To make fried plantain, I made batter for coating, made from wheat flour mixed with rice flour, water, and a little bit of salt. Some people only use wheat flour, and that’s okay too. I just found that rice flour give the extra crunch. Next, I prepped the plantain. Since the plantain was quite big, I cut it in two and make slices like picture below to make it “fan out”. It just to made it prettier.
If you try to make it like I did and then the plantain is snapped or broken when you “fan it out”, don’t worry, they still would stick together when you fry it with the help of the batter.
Next, I heat up a lot of cooking oil, dunk the plantain in the batter until fully coated, and deep fried them until golden. I did several batch until all the plantain was fried. I made total of 26 pcs of fried plantain. I sent most of them with my husband to share with his office mates. He said, it was gone in minutes. No wonder, everybody loves fried plantain.