What Are Banana Pancakes (aka Banana Roti)?
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Bananas, sometimes mixed with egg (my favorite) are spread across the roti dough while it is frying and eventually skillfully folded inside. The result is then covered with condensed milk and optionally chocolate syrup or Nutella.
Why are Banana Pancakes so Famous in Southeast Asia?
In the 60’s an 70’s, just as western “hippies” were beginning to “find themselves” and started traveling throughout Southeast Asia, entrepreneurial street food sellers began making this easy to create this treat to satisfy the palates of travelers looking for something approximating a taste of home. The Banana Roti is now so common the term Banana Pancake Trail has become an affectionate tongue-in-cheek metaphor for the “exotic places” western travelers frequent in Southeast Asia.