What do you do when you find yourself in between meals in Penang?
You go for snacks, of course, and one of the better snacks to look for is available at this perhaps inappropriately named Free School Road goreng pisang stall.
Why is the name ill-suited you may ask? Well, nine out of ten times this stall will have no goreng pisang (deep fried whole banana fritters), the reason/excuse is always the same – it is hard to find the right banana (must be pisang raja, apparently) for the dish.
The good news is that the stall also serves pretty good fried nian gao that’s sandwiched with two pieces of yam, and even better fried mung beans.
The mung bean is actually double coated & double fried, resulting in crispy skin that’s crunchy with the filling that’s sweet and very satisfying. When you find yourself in Penang longing for even more food, check this out.
Alternatively, the similar stall at Tg. Bungah has fried nian gao sandwiched with sweet potato and yam, which I love even more than this version.
50, Jalan Free School,
11600 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang
GPS: 5.4026171, 100.308550
Hours: 11am to 5pm, closed on Wednesday