Banana in Gula Melaka Syrup

banana with brown sugar


Combine gula Melaka, granulated sugar, water and pandan leaf in a saucepan and put over heat to dissolve sugar. When sugar has dissolved, strain syrup into another saucepan, add sohoon and bananas. Bring to the boil and leave to cook for 5 minutes.
Serve with coconut milk sauce.


  • 600 g (1 kt) palm sugar (gula Melaka)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 10 ripe bananas (pisang kepok) – cut each in two, lengthwise
  • 1 fragrant screwpine leaf (daun pandan) – wash and tie
  • 3 small bundles bean thread vermicelli (sohoon)- soak for a few minutes then cut into shorter lengths
Coconut Milk Sauce
  • Mix 230 g (6 tah) grated coconut (remove skin) with 1/2 cup boiled water and extract the thick coconut milk, then add a pinch of salt