Guest Post : Biren from Roti n Rice featuring Kuih Kodok (Mashed Banana Fritters)

Every Mondays and Fridays of June and July we will be featuring some my favourite food bloggers for the first time here at Ang Sarap. These bloggers are exceptional and served as a big influence of what is Ang Sarap now, so please do visit and follow every one of them (if you haven’t yet) and I will assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Our guest for today is Biren from Roti n’ Rice

Roti n’ Rice features a lot of Malaysian recipes and that’s one of the many reasons why I started following Biren’s blog, it brings back a lot of memories, food memories.  From glutinous rice dumplings to curries everything reminds me of a certain memory that I had when I lived in Malaysia.  Like me, Biren may not be a professional cook but old fashion tradition was the main source of guidance and that’s the key ingredient which makes her recipes so special.  It’s like comparing mom or even grandma’s stew to a restaurant order; nothing can beat the warmth, the flavour and the love that goes into that special bowl of stew.  So if you are into traditional South East Asian recipes and still not following Biren then I suggest you do, you will learn a lot and enjoy the wonderful flavours that the cuisine have to offer but before doing so let all welcome Biren.

I wish a warm “Hello” to all readers of Ang Sarap. My name is Biren and I blog at Roti n Rice about my passion for cooking and memories made in the kitchen. I spend time there rediscovering family recipes and dreaming up new ones.  I also share about my travels and currently I am doing a series of posts on my recent visit to Malaysia where I grew up.

Today, I am honored to be guest posting for Raymund. I cannot remember exactly when I first encountered Ang Sarap but since March of this year, I have had the privilege of working with Raymund on a blogging cultural exchange known as World on a Plate. Through this, I found out that he is quite the traveler himself and has lived in many cities around the world. I am bowled over by his diverse recipes and amazing photography.

Since I had just returned from visiting my parents in Malaysia, I thought I’ll share a very simple but popular Malaysian street snack with you called Kuih Kodok (Mashed Banana Fritters). Sometimes it also goes by the name jemput pisang. Typically, this snack is found at the street corners by moving vendors in the day time or at the pasar malam (night markets).

Kuih Kodok when literally translated means “toad cake” because of its uneven and bumpy surface. The batter consisting of ripe bananas, flour, and eggs is simply dropped into hot oil with a ladle, thus forming irregular shapes. Making kuih kodok is a good way to use up all your over-ripe bananas. There is Iittle need to add sugar as ripe bananas are already quite sweet. I hope you will give it a try the next time you find yourself with some excess bananas.

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Kuih Kodok (Mashed Banana Fritters)

  • Author: Biren from Roti n Rice
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x



  • 3 (15 oz/420g) ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup (75g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (60ml) water


  1. Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder, egg, and water in a large bowl. Mix till a smooth batter forms. Stir in mashed bananas. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan, heat about 1 inch deep oil. Gently lower a ladleful batter into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, turning once. It only takes about 2 to 3 minutes. Two or three pieces may be fried at the same time but do not overcrowd pan.
  3. Remove and place on a wire strainer.
  4. Serve immediately.


It has been a pleasure and honor being here today. Thank you Raymund for having me.


30 Responses

  1. nasa88my says:

    Thank you. Now I have new idea to finish all my over ripe bananas either for breakfast or afternoon tea. Is there any particular bananas or any type will do?

    • Hi nasa88my! Yes, this is a good way to use up all those over riped bananas. Most types of bananas will do. In the old days, mainly pisang mas and pisang rastali were used. Today there are lots of Cavendish bananas grown in Malaysia. I used Del Monte’s bananas here in Minnesota. I think they are Cavendish bananas either from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Cameroon and the Philippines.

  2. Nasifriet says:

    Hi Raymund! I’m glad you have invited one of my favourite food bloggers to guest post on your blog 😀 You have a great blog, too. Will definitely check out your posts. You know, I was wondering how you could juggle between your IT prof work and cheffing and blogging at the same time. You must be a superman, Raymund! LOL!
    BIren, great to read you here and sharing with us one of M’sia’s favourite snacks.


    • rsmacaalay says:

      Thanks for visiting and for the nice comments 🙂

    • rotinrice says:

      Hi Nasifriet! So good to see you here. 🙂 Thank you always for your kind comments.

      This is such a simple but delicious snack. So easy to prepare at home with only 4 ingredients. Feel like making another batch this afternoon. 🙂

  3. IdaBaker says:

    Food and memories go hand and hand. This weekend I am visiting family sharing the best of both. Perhaps I will add this recipe to our list of memories.

  4. rotinrice says:

    Raymund, many thanks for having me on your blog. It is an honor for me and a pleasure to meet all your readers. 🙂

  5. Kristy says:

    These look delicious Biren. I love bananas and this looks like a wonderful and unique way to enjoy them.

  6. Anything that is fried bananas…SOLD!!!! Yummy!

  7. Biren, great recipe I certainly couldn’t resist any fritter let alone a banana fritter…it just seems right!
    Raymund this is a wonderful series and so good to see and explore new-to-me blogger and stories. I will be back for sure! 🙂

  8. I am a fan of Biren’s cooking and it’s nice to see her guest posting, Raymund. When I saw this post, it put a smile on my face bacause Kuih Kodok reminded me of the Filipino street food called “Maruya” which brings back childhood memories. Thank you Biren for this lovely treat and thank you, Raymund for having a wonderful guest like Biren.

    ~ ray ~

  9. I can’t believe how short the ingredient list is/ how easy this looks, but how delicious!

  10. mjskit says:

    Oh I love Biren, her recipes and her stories! It’s great seeing her as a guest here! Fritters were big in the south when I was growing up as well, but mostly vegetable type fritters. Eggplant fritters were my favorite, but I think that might change with these banana fritters. 🙂 Better than banana bread!

  11. these banna fritters look so amazing! I always keep a few bananas around in my house but when it gets hot in the summer the banana goes bad very quickly. Perhaps I should turn my leftover banana into this dish. Thanks for having Biren share this recipe!

    • Hi Yi! Good to see you here. 🙂 I absolutely agree with you about bananas ripening too quickly in the summer. This is a quick and easy way to use them up. I hope you will give them a try. Enjoy your summer!

  12. jeannietay says:

    This is indeed a very simple yet delicious dessert, I love it too but somehow never got to eating them again because my boys are not into bananas! sigh! Great post Biren:) Wanna say hi! to Raymund too, great blog!

  13. Hi Raymund, it’s such a pleasure to see Biren here on your beautiful blog 🙂 I have been following Biren’s blog for a while now but this is my first visit to yours.

    Biren, your jemput pisang looks so appetising especially since it’s now teatime and I’m only having air bujang lol Wish I could have one or two of your jemput.

  14. These sound and look amazing Biren. So nice to meet you.

  15. saw this one in our canteen. tnx for sharing and appeasing my curiosity about it

  16. Great seeing Biren here – she’s such a great cook, and I love reading her blog. And fritters! I love fritters! Never made them with bananas, though. Wonderful idea – thanks for this.

  17. Roger says:

    By not incorporating sugar into your banana fritters, this should be a great one for us who are diabetics. I am just wondering if this can be baked instead of frying.

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