I was at the Bukit Gantang Highway stop at night. My eyes tricked me into seeing sweet potatoes by the bundle!
So, I asked the Malay chap where these ‘ubi keledek’ (sweet potatoes) come from. He went, Huh? Mana ada ubi keledek?
On second look, I realised that those are some scaly, red coloured fruits call buah salak. We had a good laugh.
A closer look. (A kg goes for RM8.)
I did not buy the buah salak as they look really ‘untouchable’ with their sharp, thorny scales. However, the stall owner offered me a taste of it and peeled it for me.
Verdict – The fruit tastes like unripen bananas minus the mush. It is dry and firm with a hint of sweetness. Hence, the banana in snake skin title.
This blog by Bin Gregory has given some excellent sites related to buah salak. Apparently, many people love buah salak. I guess