Pisang Goreng Cheese (Fried Banana with Cheese)

Pisang Goreng Cheese
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Pisang Goreng (literally means Fried Banana, the correct translation is Banana Fritter) is the most popular snack for tea break in Malaysia. This sweet, crispy and golden dessert is made of banana that is battered and then deep fried, and you can find it everywhere in Sabah too, like coffee shops and street stalls. Last month I came across another (better) variation of Pisang Goreng, which is called Pisang Goreng Cheese (Banana Fritter with sprinkled cheese on top), in Semporna town.

Pisang Goreng Cheese
Pic: Pisang Goreng Cheese (Fried Banana with Cheese)

Pisang Goreng
Pic: photo of “common” Pisang Goreng

You can compare the last two photos to see the difference between Pisang Goreng Cheese and “common” Pisang Goreng. Pisang Goreng Cheese has shredded cheese on it.

Fried Banana with Cheese

The common Pisang Goreng is sold about RM1 (≈USD0.30) for 6 pieces, and Pisang Goreng Cheese is RM2 (≈USD0.60). Though Pisang Goreng Cheese is more expensive, it is worthy.

close-up of Pisang Goreng Cheese
The crispy surface of Pisang Goreng Cheese is sprinkled with shredded cheese and brownish Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar).

Fried Banana with Cheese
The taste is similar to ordinary Pisang Goreng, but I really love the coarse palm sugar, which has fruit-like sweetness and give this banana fritter two types of sweet tastes. I can’t taste any cheese, hope they can add more. Anyway, I presume the shredded cheese gives banana a creamy flavor.

Semporna market
You can find Pisang Goreng Cheese in open market of Semporna.

Other Locations

Besides Semporna, Indo Cafe in Tawau city also sells one of the best Pisang Goreng Cheese in Sabah. They are also famous for their Pisang Penyet (hammered banana fritters) and Mango Sago (a sweet dessert). Below is their contact:

Indo Cafe

Address (see Location Map): TB4604, Ground Floor , Block B, Bandaran Baru, 91000, Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 14-3764752
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm, opens daily (off day once in 2 weeks)

Indo Cafe II

Address (see Location Map): Lorong Pusat Komersial Uni Jaya, Tawau, 91000 Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 8am – 11:30pm daily

You also can find Pisang Goreng Cheese in Kota Kinabalu city. In Anjung Senja (Waterfront Esplanade), there is a shop named “M&N Corner” that sells Pisang Goreng Cheese for RM4 (≈USD1.20). However, despite higher price, it is not as good as the one in Semporna.

Pisang Goreng Cheese of Kota Kinabalu
Pic: Pisang Goreng Cheese of Kota Kinabalu

Have you tried Pisang Goreng Cheese?

Photos taken in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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By Murphy Ng