It’s gorpis time!
You can never run out of new things to eat in Malaysia. For now, the latest food fad is Pisang Goreng Cheese (cheesy banana fritters) (also nicknamed as gorpis), an Indonesian delicacy that has been popping up everywhere at roadside stalls in Klang Valley. Crispy golden banana fritter with melted cheese and glittery sugar topping — who can resist that combo! Here are four of the best spots to try the oh-so-sinful Pisang Goreng Cheese!
1. The Pisang Cheese
This popular place near Restoran Jamal Mohammed in Kelana Jaya has concrete walls and a proper kitchen instead of just an outdoor tent. A measurement of this outlet’s popularity is evident in the fifty to eighty banana bunches selling out within the day! Another interesting part about this outlet is their delivery service. They have original, chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, coffee flavour to offers and even allow a mix of 4 different flavours. They’re even active on Instagram and that shows how personal touch is always important when it comes to business.
Tips: They’re usually sold out by 5 or 6pm.
Things to expect: Very thinly sliced bananas. Actually, when it comes to Pisang Goreng, the thinner it is, the better.
Best recommended (with): A cup of good old Teh Tarik or hot tea.
Price: RM5 – RM7 (depending on the flavour)
Address: Restoran Jamal Mohammed, 24, Jalan SS5A/9, Kelana Jaya, Selangor.
Operating Day & Hours: Tue-Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat-Sun 9am – 5pm (Closed on Monday)
Contact: 018-2997646; https://instagram.com/thepisangcheese
2. Banana Paradise
This family-owned business has been operating for 15 years but only started selling the cheesy flavour since last year. Their plus point is the bananas, which are especially sourced from Gua Musang, Kelantan. The store only uses two types of bananas for business; pisang abu and pisang nangka. Attention to detail and quality control runs strongly in this family as they check the insides of the banana and only fry the really good ones.
Things to expect: More than just cheesy bananas. They also sell fried sweet potatoes, keropok lekor and fried soycake or tempe.
Best recommended (with): Hot Kopi’O
Price: RM5 per set
Address: Jalan 3/27A, Wangsa Maju, 53300 Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Day & Hours: Daily 2pm – 6.30pm
Contact: 011-1124 0115
3. Pisang Cheese Jakarta
While Jakarta may be the birthplace of this delicacy, the owner Uncle Ahmad Lim is 100% Malaysian. This outlet has some of the weirdest concoctions of banana fritter recipes including Mandarin Melted Cheeseserved with thin slices of mandarin oranges that has rave reviews on Facebook. They even have crunchy Oreos and the masses’ favourite is Messy Chocolate. The banana fritters here are smoother in texture and are less jagged like most bananas so they taste very much like their Indonesian counterpart. The recipes are probably proven good as Pisang Cheese Jakarta has more than 5 outlets all over Klang Valley.
Tips: They’re planning on releasing Pisang Penyet and Pisang Cheese Bakar to the public, so keep your ears and eyes peeled.
Things to expect: A whole new level of banana fritters.
Best recommended (with): Some Teh ‘O Limau Ais or Iced ‘Lemon’ Tea as some locals know it
Price: RM6 – RM8
Address: Restoran Lawangsari, Jalan Plumbum X 7/X (Behind Pasaraya Giant Seksyen 7), 40000 Shah Alam
Operating Day & Hours: Mon-Fri 9am – 5.30pm
Contact: 013-411 0335
4. Din Pisang Goreng Cheese
Shaved cheese alongside brown sugar and condensed milk on hot banana fritters is one of their best-selling crispy-creamy combo. The owner, a young man named Din says they sell 140kg of bananas every single day. A big feat for small stall by the roadside. Unlike the others Din Pisang Goreng Cheese stays true to the original recipe without any chocolatey, sugary or whacky flavours. Judging from the long queues, the formula works just as well.
Tips: Go early or you might end up at the back of a snaking queue.
Things to expect: Lots of crunch in every single bite.
Best recommended (with): Kopi’O Ais!
Price: RM5 per box
Address: Along Jalan 1/23E, Danau Kota, 53100 Kuala Lumpur (Near Tayaria Car Workshop)
Operating Day & Hours: Daily 2pm – 7.30pm
Contact: None. You have to go there & see for yourself.
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