Friday, 7 September 2012

Sweet Banana Pisang Goreng @ Stulang Walk in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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The famous Sweet Banana pisang goreng stall has moved to a new location further up along Jalan Stulang Laut (in 2012).

It is easy to locate. At the first traffic light after the TNB station / Junction of Jalan Biru, you will see on your right the old 3-storey flats and the old Chinese temple. Turn right at the traffic light and you will shortly see on your left a small carpark and two pavilions. One is the Sweet Banana pisang goreng and the other is a famous nasi lemak (which I intend to explore soon).

This new location has proper free parking spaces and tables and chairs for a relaxing tea break with Sweet Banana's famous fried fritters and teh tarik. There is no longer the need to park along a busy major road.

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Zul slicing lekor, fresh from Kelantan everyday

The boss Encik Zulkifli, whom everyone knows as Zul, had been running Sweet Banana for 25 years. Helping him now are his son and two daughters.

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Since Sweet Banana moved here 3 months ago, Zul's regular clientele and new customers are finding their way to his spanking new location.

Sweet Banana is famous for their large variety of freshly fried goodies and their unique super crispy batter that is not-too-oily.

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Lekor from Kelantan

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The ever popular fried bananas

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Fried sweet potatoes. Note the super crispy crust that makes Sweet Banana's fried goodies so special.

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Fried tofu, crispy on the outside, nice and tender on the inside.

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Fried boiled and mashed yellow beans (the kind used to make tau suan).

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My favourite - fried boiled and mashed mung beans. Sweet, soft and nutty inside, crispy outside. 


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Customers are welcome to help themselves to these bits and pieces of Sweet Banana's signature, super crispy batter.

Again, with the kind permission of Zul and family, I indulged myself in watching with fascination at the frying process.

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The mushrooms in the batter, ready for frying.

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Frying the marvellously delicious mushrooms.

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The fried bananas are ready :)

One of Zul's regular customers is the Johor Royal household whom frequently buys Zul's fried goodies. Zul's new location was granted by the Sultan of Johor.

While enjoying my fried goodies, I noticed workmen busy knocking and chiseling away at the pavilion. So I asked Zul what the renovation work was about. Zul said that when the Sultan of Johor passed by in his car one day, His Highness saw how to improve the appearance of the pavilions. And, His Highness's household sent workmen over to work on the improvements.

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->> Sweet Banana Pisang Goreng stall as tasty as ever and now better than ever with cosy seating and ample parking :-D The best getting even better. Everything is good, and my favourites are fried mung bean, tofu and mushroom.

(I had earlier written about Sweet Banana when they were at their old road side push cart location <- click )

Restaurant name: Sweet Banana
Address: Off Jalan Stulang Laut (opposite 3-storey flats and old Chinese Temple)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/p3hZF
GPS1.473341, 103.779714 / 1°28'24.0"N 103°46'47.0"E
Hours: 1:00pm to 6:00pm (closed on Sunday)
Halal

Date visited: 7 Sep 2012

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