Pisang Goreng (fried banana in Malay/Indonesian) is a snack food mostly found throughout Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Singapore and some parts of Malaysia it is known as Goreng Pisang (Banana fritter) instead of Pisang Goreng (fried banana)(Goreng is a term for various types of fritters eg Goreng Ubi, Goreng Cempedak). It is consumed as a snack in the morning and afternoon due to its warm nature in serving. In Indonesia, Pisang Goreng is often sold by street vendors, although some sellers have a storefront from which to sell their wares. Pisang Goreng Pontianak are widely popular in Indonesia and exclusively sold in certain retail outlets.
The Banana is battered and then deep fried. The fritters that result are often sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar and occasionally served with fresh cream. Today's pisang goreng are more sophisticated and served in various ways, such as with cheese, jam, or chocolate. Some argue that it's done to increase the image of the food as it's traditionally seen as food for middle and low income consumers.
Plaintain is often used as the batter adds some flavour to the banana. Pisang Raja is a popular kind of banana used for Pisang Goreng. Pisang goreng is also an Malay idiom/probes that means something that is in hot demand.