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Saturday, April 11, 2009

banana fritter?


I got this from an email.

This is a true story (from my friend). Was in the newspaper too.

Mum said my uncle saw it in Tunjang (Kedah) and the night market in Titi Chai Kangar (Perlis) where banana fritter was sold in the afternoons.

The hawker added a plastic drinking straw into a wok of hot oil and let it melt completely before he started to fry some bananas in the bubbling oil.

This is why some banana fritters are so crispy... for hours...!!

My uncle asked the hawker about this, but the hawker did not answer him. When my uncle told my mum about this, they realized this is how the hawkers ensure that fried food stays crispy for their customers.

My mum said that in Thailand , they do the same thing to keep fried anchovy and fried onions crispy, even if left in the open for hours!!

Another time, I was with my family in Cameron Highlands. It was 3:00 pm and we were hanging around the market area, where there were several hawker stalls..

At one of them, there was a big wok of boiling oil with an empty plastic bottle floating in it and slowly melting. At first I thought it had fallen into the oil accidentally, but then I saw a little girl, about 7-years old, holding a pair of chopsticks and stirring the bottle around in the hot oil.

I realized, Oh my God... these people were using melted plastic to fry food, so that the fried snacks would not turn soft when it cooled down later.

Please forward to all your friends... DO NOT EAT CRISPY FRIED SNACKS from the hawkers!! Even if you don't see them melting the plastic in oil, they might have added the plastic a few hours before. After all, they keep the black oil for next day's frying as well, to save cost on cooking oil.



First Commenter: Inah

43 comments:

  1. err..horror nya!!

    do not eat from outside then..masak sendiri..lagi best!! :)

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  2. Huhh bior betull...adusss...tapi rasanya AD tak makan lagi yg camtu...hehehe...

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  3. bahaya tu... kot2 ada kesan sampingang

    euwwww

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  4. Oh, I heard about this last year. Since then I limit my fried foods! Haha!

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  5. hilang dah selera nak makan..huhu..

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  6. pernah tau pasal ni....tp mkn gak...kata da ske..huhu...tu la org mls masak..main bantai je yg kt kedai...

    yang bawang goreng tu da lame tau...huhu...

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  7. i heard dis b4..if im not mistaken french fries also do like dat ooo...mcD? KFC? not sure...dats y just banned israeli...

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  8. inah - hehe yes. i know you are a good cook! :P

    ad
    - haha mana ad tahu?

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  9. luffy - cancer la jawabnye!

    foong - its not healthy tho if its too oily and deep fried.

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  10. bard - hehe jangan makan pisang goreng jek.

    xora - bawang goreng pun masih beli ke? :P

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  11. ary - not sure about fast foods but french fries is not good because its deep fried.

    penguin - don't eat them then :)

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  12. woahh
    seriously? penah dgr psl bawang goreng tp psl banana belom lg.
    tunggu balik m'sia mkn mak goreng je lah..

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  13. Ooh, that's nasty. People should not eat street foods actually LOL.

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  14. heard the same story as well. Sad if it is true and the authority has to do something about it.

    But as there is no hard evidence, we don't jump to any conclusion yet. Just be cautious. Probably it was only a small fraction of sellers who resorted to this method. There are probably thousands of genuine 'goreng pisang' seller out there.

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  15. hej! Faisal...don't worry, i think the banana fritter seller uses the recycle/biodegradable or edible plastic...hehehehe...;-)

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  16. faisal, masalahnya goreng pisang tu my fav!! huhu..but untuk jaga kesihatan, terpksa la sy goreng pisang sendiri lpas2 nie..

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  17. Uish. seramnya. Thanks for sharing Faisal. :)

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  18. k.a - oh kalau di luuar negara tak macam ni kot. rangup lagi ke bila dah lama terbiar kepada udara?

    half - actually this email is killing all the hawkers :P

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  19. drsam - probably? hehe what is the percentage of the possibility?

    danial
    - er, cancer is dangerous you know? :P

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  20. bard - tahu tak nak goreng macam mana?

    cahaya
    - seram? bukan cerita hantu lah :P

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  21. huhuhuhu.... thx 4 the info... tp aku mmg x mkn kuih2 ni...

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  22. adlie - oh abis tu makan apa? sushi?

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  23. giloooo!!!

    memang kena kanser la sapo yang makan tuh..ish ish ish..

    dunia sekarang dah takder apa yang selamat dah..

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  24. LOL yeah, poor Hawkers - now they have thousands of people not buying from them. This might also be a ploy of a company wanting to boost their banana fritter sales. LOL

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  25. suituapui1:25 PM

    Aiyor...stale news liao! Long ago, rumours about that rampant here! One reporter went round...to investigate - not true! Published a feature in the newspaper on this. Doesn't work as claimed! Anyway, I dun like pisang goreng...and the one in your pic looks quite onscene! LOL!!!

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  26. alahai dahsyatnyaaa..ni yg kena rajin masak sendiri neeee

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  27. axim - hehe ko lak kaki makan. hati-hati :)

    half - hehe you can help them buy buying from them... can buy on my behalf too :P

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  28. stp - haha there you go... with your big appetite :P *hiding*

    wahidah - hehe bila nak masak tu?

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  29. adlie4:17 PM

    aku mkn yg berat2 trus.... nasi. mee n yg seangkatan dgnnya... hehehe

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  30. I don't eat street foods and that's a fact! I just imagine the oil they use for days and other things! Creepy.

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  31. adlie - mee tak bagus :P ada pengawet :P

    half - i ate banana fritter just now and now you make me puking :(

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  32. It's already on your stomach! Besides, street foods are delicious that's why people clamor over it!

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  33. half - hehe. its cheap too! :P

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  34. Very scary if it's true....

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  35. terra - yes. prevention is better than cure! :)

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  36. euuuu..gross..
    wonder whtr hawkers here usg d same method or not...ngeriii..
    \(~_~)/

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  37. masni - haha you should ask! :D

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  38. Wow luckily I read your blog, if not until now also I never knew. Must catch these culprits red-handed one day and capture them on my Kodak. xD

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  39. JL - haha then make it 2 copies. one in your blog and another one to the consumer:)

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  40. It's quite amazing and very irresponsible what kind of stuff they nowadays are putting into food! We really have to take care of our health. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week, Faisal :)

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  41. Wtf wtf !! I heard about this before, and one my friend's mum kan pnya friend sakit perut bah. Then when the doctor scan her perut kan, got plastic STUCK inside her usus ni.. grossssssssssss!! U know my banana fritters is one of my favorite snack.

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  42. rosidah - yea. they need to learn some morale... not just profit.

    ann - omg. then what happen to your friend?

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