Friday, October 23, 2009

Going Bananas!

Bananas are everywhere in Bangkok. They come in different shapes and sizes and are prepared in many ways. Even their leaves are widely used in Thai cooking as plates and wrapping.

Grilled Banana, Kluay Ping, is a simple banana grilled over a charcoal oven. Depending on the type, these can come peeled or unpeeled.

The perfect way to eat it is sliced with dribbled delicious coconut syrup on top! Yum.

Some vendors prefer to flatten the bananas after they are grilled, drizzle some syrup and keep them warm only to be served later on a stick.

The winning variation is none other than Banana Roti (Loti). A ball of dough is thinly stretched and thrown on a hot flat griddle with oil and butter. Fresh banana slices are added and the dough is folded and browned on both sides. A topping of sweetened condensed milk is a must!

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