Ingredients (for 4 persons):
2 banana, ripe but not soft, peeled, cut into 1 inch thick
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup plain flour minus 2 Tbps
2 Tbps rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
optional: caramel or honey or maltose
optional: chopped nut
1. To prepare batter: mix flour, rice flour, salt, baking powder and buttermilk.
2. Dip the cut banana in batter and deep-fry it in medium/medium-high heat until it turns golden.
3. Drizzle with honey/ maltose and sprinkle some nuts.
In Hongkong some restaurants like to dip the deep-fried banana into hot caramel, then drop it in cold water right away, drain immediately. This way each deep-fried banana is coated with crunchy caramel. It is fun to eat and fun to watch. But in a home-kitchen to complete the whole task the timing is a bit tricky, especially when there's a party going on. Therefore, I prepared this caramel "basket handle" beforehand, later I used it to garnish this banana dessert.
It's me again *what a pain right?* Having a hard time catching up with your posts these few days ;p. Looks like you've been busy as a bee in your kitchen.
Your banana dessert is simply breath-taking. Are you talking about 'Ba-Si', where all the bananas(or apples) are caramelized and you use a pair of chopsticks to pull each piece, resulting in long strands of caramel.
Looks fantastic! The baskets make a really fun looking presentation.
right "ba-si" (pulled sugar threads). It's always served at Shanghai restaurants in Hk, but camarel on banana is too sweet for me, so I used maltose and nuts instead.
oh thanks! I found it's so much fun to make the camarel. Next time will "play" with another shape...
How do u do this ??? Oh my !!!!
Caramel cage looks fabuluous, i have made this once before, using a fork to pull sugar. Never knew anything about ba-si, thank you for the new info. I visit your blog almost everyday, and you never fails to impress me. You really seem to have every artistic inclinations in just the right proportions. WOW !!!
You have a surperb skill in cake decoration, I believe your camarel will look better than mine :D This one I made not by pulling, just drizzled it on parchment paper.
I came here throgh google and I must say : 'I am glad to have searched a recipe for Chinese deep-fried bananas'. You have a beautiful blog full of stunning pictures.
zlamushka, thanks for your visit :) The rice flour used here will yield a crunkier crust, hope you'd like it as much as I do. Zla, I see your blog just wonderful, and drool over quite many dishes you made! After I settle down (moving to a new flat now), surely pay you more visit!!
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