Every few weeks, we order Thai delivery from Tom Yum Koong in Medford. It’s pretty standard Thai fare, but we continue to order from them because they are consistent with their food and have pretty good vegan options. Plus they are really nice! Ending dinner with their Fried Banana Dessert, topped with a little raw agave nectar and some coarse sea salt, is the best. Their dessert inspired me to recreate a fried banana dish of my own, featuring a sweet (agave), salty (miso) and rich (cashew) component—which all worked well together to make this easy and kind of fancypants dessert.
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- 1 TB white miso
- 2 TB cashew cream, thick
- 1 tsp water
- 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G, mixed with 5 TB water
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- 1–2 bananas, cut any way you like
- plenty of oil for frying
- raw agave syrup
- sesame seeds
- Make the cashew miso cream by mixing together the first three ingredients. Set aside.
- Heat the oil (enough to submerge the bananas in) in a saucepan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Test the readiness of the oil by dropping a pinch of the cornstarch into the oil—if it sizzles immediately, you are ready to fry.
- Working in batches, dip the bananas into the Ener-G slurry and then coat with the cornstarch, tapping off any excess. Slide them into the oil slowly (being careful not to overcrowd) and fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain.
- To serve, drizzle with the agave and a spoonful of the cashew miso cream. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.