- Yield: 2 - 3
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
Thai-style Fried Bananas
I'm sure, most of you had this delicious dessert after an evening of Thai food. It's so simple, yet so scrumptious. A super thin layer of crispy fried batter giving way to a sweet and soft core of banana. Together with the honey and the crunch of the sesame seeds, this dessert is extremely satisfying and surprisingly easy to make. That is, once you discard most of what's written about it online and just follow your guts like I did. Forget special ingredients like rice flour and other stuff, that you'd have to do a grocery or specialty store run for. I had to make due with the stuff in my pantry and it worked splendidly.
Instead of all the specialty ingredients, I used equal parts flour and cornstarch, adding baking powder to make the mixture puff up and allow for more crisp because of the enclosed air bubbles. By using ice cold water, you get a tempura style batter which turns very crispy when you fry it. These simple components together, make this dessert so delicious. Give it a fry!
- For the Batter
- All-Purpose Flour - 1 oz.
- Cornstarch - 1 oz.
- Backing Powder - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1/8 tsp
- Sugar - 1 tbsp
- Water - 1/2 cup, ice cold
- To Finish
- Bananas - 2
- Vegetable Oil for Frying - 1 quart
- Honey - 2 tbsp
- Black Sesame Seeds - 1 tsp
- In a deep 2 quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium high heat to 350° Fahrenheit.
- In the meantime, whisk flour, cornstarch, salt, sugar, and baking powder in a small bowl until well mixed.
- Add ice cold water to create a pretty liquid batter, add more water if required. The batter should coat a spoon in a thin even layer.
- Cut the bananas into thirds and split each part in half, lengthwise.
- When the oil has reached the desired temperatures, drop the banana pieces into the batter, one at the time, making sure they have a thin coating and then fry them in batches until golden, about 4 - 5 minutes.
- Put on a couple paper towels to drain excess fat, then serve with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of the sesame seeds.