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Goreng Pisang Mawar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Pisang Mawar is the most famous pisang goreng in JB. People may have different preferences on which is the tastiest or most popular pisang goreng, but for fame, Pisang Mawar is unmatched.

Pisang Rajah

The thing that struck me about Pisang Mawar is the place is so happy and relaxed. Perhaps, it is the surroundings. Not far from the beach, up a grassy slope with a florist and Galeri Mawar as the backdrop, and easy parking. But most of all, everyone seemed so relaxed and happy here, chilling in the afternoon :)

The family that runs Pisang Mawar was so cheerful - that sets the tone for the whole place. I mean, this must be the most photographed pisang goreng stall in Johor, if not Malaysia, but they still obliged photographers warmly and graciously.

Pisang Mawar is famed for their pisang goreng. Crispy outside, soft and sweet inside. The batter was also not greasy. 

Remember to dip the pisang goreng in this spicy hot and savoury sauce. When combined with the sweet taste of the crunchy pisang goreng, it creates a very interesting mix of flavours and bite.

When enjoying my pisang goreng, I saw the lady pouring fresh, good quality, clear vegetable oil straight from the plastic bottle into the frying wok. No compromise with recycled oil here.

We love this curry puff

Besides their famous pisang goreng, Pisang Mawar also offers other tea time snacks like curry puffs, spring rolls, kuih muih, mee siam and nasi lemak. Pisang Mawar also served drinks and this is the only place that actually gave us a not-too-sweet teh tarik when we requested for "kurang manis" or less sweet. Thumbs up :)

Pisang Mawar's nasi lemak was good too. We were at Pisang Mawar in the afternoon, so by this time the nasi lemak was cold. Yet, the coconut fragrance still greeted us when we opened the old style banana leaf and old newspaper wrapping.

The sambal chili was a grainy, thick paste. Not overly spicy and not too sweet. This sambal chili is more like that from the old days, whereas nowadays, the more drippy, gravy-like and sweet kind seemed to be served in most places. Another thumbs up for Pisang Mawar.

Pisang Tanduk

->> Pisang Mawar is a must try for it's fame, and personally, I like the food here too, especially their pisang goreng :)

Pisang Mawar was featured on Fatbook 非食不可 programme.

Restaurant name: Pisang Mawar
Address: Off Jalan Sungai Chat, next to Galeri Mawar and Kedai Bunga Kim Florist (nearby landmarks are Thistle Hotel and Johor Clock Tower)
GPS: 1.461741,103.741906 / 1°27'42.3"N 103°44'30.9"E
Hours: Noon till late afternoon


Date visited: 4 Jan 2012, 27 Sep 2012

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  1. This place is awesome and the nasi lemak was great!!! BTW, nice review.

  2. Looks amazing!!!! can you describe the crunchiness? :)

    1. The fried batter was brittle and when we bit into it, it breaks with audible crackling sound. To see and hear what I mean, click on the Fatbook video. They showed how crunchy the fried bananas were. Better still, come and eat it for yourself :D

  3. You should order the pisang raja. They only fry when there is order. Super yummy.

  4. tasty and crispy but pricey at RM1 for only 2 small pieces.

  5. Tony, come to Ulu Tiram.
    I personally recommend you to try banana fritters in front of Tok Esa Nasi Padang. The banana fritters stall located opposite/front of tok esa nasi padang. I don't how to describe their banana fritters, but it turn out to be really tasty and amazing.


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