Fried bananas, also known as Kluay Khaek, are a popular dessert and snack food found throughout the streets of Thailand and Southeast-Asia.
The type of banana that is used to make traditional Kluay Khaek is Burro banana which is one of the most common — and the most loved — varieties in Thailand. However if you do not access to these bananas, you can also substitute them for plantains or regular bananas. Choose plantains that have dark brown skin or regular banans that are slightly green for best results. However, remember that by following a recipe that calls for these special bananas, you’re not going to end up with the exact kind of street fried bananas you’ve had, loved and devoured in Thailand.
Thai fried bananas are most often thinly-sliced bananas, lightly covered with a batter made of rice flour or a combination of rice flour and wheat flour, finely-grated mature coconut and white sesame seeds. The flavouring is already mixed into the batter so the banana fritters can be served unadorned as it has been done for as long as the dish has existed. No honey, no whipped cream and no chocolate sauce drizzled on top, unlike the ones served at every Thai restaurant outside of Thailand.
You can serve these scrumptious treats up with some delicious coconut ice cream (vanilla ice cream works too) or just enjoy them straight off the pan – Thai style.
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