Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: The Banana Fritter Trail

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features two photographs with the same subject, taken in two different countries, and equally delicious: Banana Fritters.)

Banana Fritter Trail, Southeast Asia
Banana fritters in Malaysia and in Thailand. Both crispy and sweet.

Anyone who is traveling around Southeast Asia will have discovered that the whole backpacker circuit here is called the Banana Pancake Trail. The thing is, I have been on this trail for quite a few months now and never have I seen a banana pancake being sold anywhere! The closest thing would be a banana roti. If so, let's not do it or pancakes injustice and call a roti a roti. Could it be that our backpacker forefathers were instead referring to banana fritters? Exhibit A and B above are two such examples. One was eaten in Malaysia, the other in Thailand. Both delicious. The Philippines has them, too. Maruya is what it's called back home. The question has to be asked. Is it time that we change the name of the Southeast Asia backpacker circuit to Banana Fritter Trail? I've started a signature campaign. Do your part.


Am I looking for banana pancakes in all the wrong places? Have you seen any banana pancakes around Southeast Asia? Where were you at the time? Why is this even a thing? Have I got too much time on my hands?


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