My parents used to live in Johor because of my dad’s work and we kids live with our grandmother for many years. We get to visit Johor and Singapore once a while especially during our school holidays. I was pretty young during that time and can’t remember much about the food there but I do remember their banana fritters. This posting is not about the recipe of fritters but it is about the unique way the Johorean eat them. They will serve their fritters with sweet soy dipping sauce. I think Johor might be the only state that has it that way. Please correct me if I am wrong. By dipping the crunchy fritters into the spicy and sweet dipping sauce it creates a very unique flavors and bite to it. You can use any type of batter recipe you like but I adapted mine from Madihaa’s .
200 ml water
110 gm flour
25 gm rice flour
50 gm butter – room temperature
1/2 tsp turmeric powder or a few drops of yellow colouring
¾ tsp Salt
4 bananas - cut into half lengthwise
1 sweet potato - thinly sliced
1. Put all the ingredients for the batter into a blender and just blend everything until well combined. Pour into a bowl.
2. Heat up enough oil for deep frying. Use medium heat.
3. Dip the sliced bananas and sweet potatoes into the batter and then put it into the hot oil. Fry until golden. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.
Ingredients for Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce/Sambal Kicap
2 Bird's eye chillies / cili padi
1 clove Garlic
1 tsp sugar
Enough dark sweet soy sauce
1. Using a mortar and pestle (you can use a food processor), pound chilies, garlic and sugar until fine.
2. Put the pounded chili mixture into a small bowl and add enough sweet soy sauce. Mix well and serve with the fritters.
I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest - Johor month hosted by Annie of Annielicious Food .