Idbackpacker.com (Indonesia Backpacker) – Pisang Epe, a unique snack that I often see during my visit to the city of Anging Mammiri, Makassar. I’m happy that I have the chance to try this typical snacks of Makassar. It is not difficult to find these snacks, because Pisang Epe sellers are available in almost every corner of Losari Beach. Therefore, you should never miss eating this food when traveling to Makassar.
I must be correct, Makassar is not only rich in tourist places, such as Samalona Island, Fort Rotterdam, and Losari Beach. But it is also rich with its unique foods, such as Pisang Epe. Pisang Epe now days became a favorite street food for people who visit Losari Beach. This food using spesific bananas called Pisang Raja as it’s main ingredients. The banana used for this street food also should not too ripe and not too mushy.
Not only it taste delicious, there is a meaning inside word “Pisang Epe”. The word “epe” itself comes from the Makasar language which means “jepit in Bahasa Indonesia“. Or, a complete name Pisang Epe could be interpreted as bananas that are clamped, flattened and then grilled. A unique way for a cooking banana right? Well, a unique stuff usually makes things easier to remember, just like this Pisang Epe.
Pisang Epe that has been flattened and grilled then doused with sauce as a topping. The sauce itself are usually made from melted brown sugar as its main material. But now days, the type of sauce used as Pisang Epe’s topping are varied. There are flavors such as chocolate, durian and even some sellers that use cheese as a topping. I myself had tried Pisang Epe topped with durian sauce. It’s melting in my mouth and tastes so sweet and delicious.
To enjoy this special Makassar street food, I do not need to spend a lot of money, Pisang Epe sold at reasonably price. With less than a dollar, I was able to enjoy a serving of Pisang Epe which contains three bananas in it. Also a glass of warm fresh tea as a additional, will add to the delights of Pisang Epe. For a perfect experience, try eating this street food while enjoy Losari Beach sunset, you’ll feel happy with that.