If you plan to take a trip to Semarang, I’d suggest you to arrange your accommodation somewhere near Jalan Gajah Mada or Jalan Pemuda. Both strips offer a myriad of lip-smacking treats, including Tahu Pong, Loenpia Mbak Lien, and Toko Oen. Another notable vendor here is Pisang Plenet Pak Subadi right across Pasaraya Sri Ratu on Jalan Pemuda with its Pisang Plenet (grilled crushed banana).
Owner Pak Subandi has been selling this banana treat in the neighbourhood since 1975 – even before Pasaraya Sri Ratu was built. I got to spend some time chatting with the affable geriatric during my visit on a drizzly afternoon, and he kindly shared a few stories regarding his business. He even taught me how to make my own Pisang Plenet.
Comprising banana, pineapple jam, chocolate sprinkles and white sugar, Pak Subandi made it look easy as he prepared a portion of Pisang Plenet. Apparently, you only need a hot grill and a pair of teakwood blocks to flatten the half-grilled banana. Grill it good, and you’ll get a much better taste and aroma from the banana. The delicate texture of the grilled banana combined perfectly with the chocolate sprinkles and the dash of sugar. The pineapple jam lent a sweet-and-sour taste into the mix. I bought an extra pack to go as it was so good.
Jl. Pemuda (in front of Pasaraya Sri Ratu),
Open daily from 1.30pm-11pm
Price: Rp.10,000/US0.80 per pack