Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Filipino Banana Turon


The other day I bought bunch of bananas in a nearby supermarket. I was so happy because I rarely find this kind of banana here in Singapore. I got excited because both my children love Banana Turon. They got it from my husband who also loves it. In the Philippines, theres plenty of it, in fact it is one of the most sought street food. I grew up practically having bananas at home. There are different ways this banana is cooked: fried banana, banana with coconut milk, boiled banana, grilled banana, banana cue, sweetened banana etc. but the most popular is Banana Turon: banana slices with jackfruit coated with brown sugar then wrapped using spring roll wrapper. Well, this type of food is actually a fusion between Spanish and Chinese adapted by the Filipinos. Who knows about fusion food then? These people came to us and they introduced different ways and methods of cooking so we have learned to adjust and we have managed to give names also. Nowadays, some call it Banana Lumpia, obviously because of the spring roll wrapper. Majority call it Banana Turon or just Turon, my mother called it Sagimis. Well, different names but definitely the same sweetness, more or less, and here's the story.

Banana lumpia or Turón Turon (Spanish: turrón),also known as Banana Lumpia, is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas (preferably Saba or Cardaba bananas) and a slice of jackfruit, dusted with brown sugar ,rolled in spring roll wrapper and fried. Brown sugar is further added while frying for additional sweetness. Turon is a popular street food among Filipinos. They can be usually seen on the streets along with banana cue, camote cue, and maruya being peddled by vendors. Nowadays, other fillings can also be used, including sweet potato,mango, cheese and coconut. In Malabon(a city nearby Manila),"turron" refers to a fried lumpia-wrapper-enveloped dessert which has a sweet mung bean filling, while " valencia" refers to the banana version normally associated with the term turron.

While reading I discovered that Spain has Turron or nougat. Turon is a traditional treat sold in roadside bazaars in Spain and in stores around the Christmas season. It is a traditional gift and treat. Probably the recipe was given to us and we adapted it to make our very own Panocha,a round like platter form of local peanuts ( Spain uses almonds) cooked using brown sugar or palm sugar. These Panocha has now become part our traditional food too and its available all throughout the year. So, the recipe came originally from Spain handed to them by the Arabs and northern African peoples who ruled most of Spain until about 1250, and gave up their last Arabic kingdom in Granada in 1492 to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.The Arabs brought marzipan with them,but they found almond trees already growing on Spanish soil too.

It is supposed to be Turron which later on became Panocha (in the end we have them both until we forgot the original Turon from Spain because Almonds don't grow in Philippines soil),but then Filipinos' love affair with sweet food was so great that they melted Panocha and used it for cooking Banana Turon wherein they adapted the use of spring roll wrapper from Chinese settlers.Oh my, the wonder of fusion food is really enchanting and lovely. Would you like to make your own Banana Turon? Here is how we do it but I made some slight changes,I added Butter and Cinnamon. 

Ingredients: 
about 10 ripe saba or cardaba bananas, thinly sliced 
1 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1 tbsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 cup ripe jackfruit thinly sliced 
large spring roll wrapper 
some oil for frying
Direction:
Prepare banana slices and spring roll wrapper 
In a bowl, combine sugar, butter and cinnamon. 
Mix until they turn into crumbs.( like crumbs for top of apple muffin) 
Then roll banana slices into the crumbs.Make sure they are coated with crumbs.
The more, the greatest!..yum yum.. just make additional crumbs if you need more. 
Now,lay spring roll wrapper and on top,arrange coated slices banana.
Add some jackfruit slices and roll over and now you have a log like roll. Repeat the process.
Fry in hot oil , 2 or 3 at a time. Drain excess oil.
Use strainer or colander.Serve hot 
Note: The usual way back home : after the bananas are rolled,this log like Turon will again be rolled in brown sugar before frying. Just be careful with your temperature. You might end up having overcooked Banana Turon outside but the inside still not done.


 My precious yellow bananas! They are so pretty...for my tummy!


 Remember to put more crumbs...the more, the greatest yum yum!
 Ooppsss...yes,something is missing, there's no available ripe jackfruit in our area
           My pretty mini logs are waiting for their time.
 Yes, here they are...golden brown in color, crispy outside, soft and sweet inside..the aroma of butter, sugar, jackfruit and cinnamon is really inviting. I miss the good old days...I wish I can drink provincial coffee  with my Banana Turon. 

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20 comments:

  1. This banana dish sounds really good. I like that you are introducing me to different foods and dishes. :)

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    1. Thank you Julie. I hope you enjoy knowing different food from our place.Thank you

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  2. Sounds like something my grandson would love. Me personally, I do not like banana's but he loves it when I make him something with banana in it. Thanks so much and Happy Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Hello Cindy, Thank goodness your grandson love Bananas.. ha ha. Thank you for the kind words and for bringing me sunshine. Have great week

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  3. Oh, this looks so delectable! I also love the fact you talk about some of the history of the dish.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time out reading my story. Have a great week

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  4. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.

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    1. Thank you so much Helen, appreciate you for coming over.

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  5. These sound absolutely delicious! I'm sure my family will love these. Considering that we get bananas and jackfruit in plenty here in Bangalore, India, where I live, I surely will be making these soon. :)

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    1. Hello, you if I cant buy this saba banana in a local supermarkert, I would find it in a store owned by Indians here. Happy cooking and have a happy week ahead.

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  6. Because I love bananas I will be trying this#happynow@_,karendennis

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    1. Helle Karen, thank you for coming over. Have a great week ahead. You wont regret trying this banana dish.

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  7. I never knew there were so many ways to fix bananas! I am sure these would be a hit with some of my children, so we'll have to give them a try. Thanks for the recipe and thank you for sharing at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop this week!

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    1. Hello Linda..oh yes it is... theres a lot and Im happy you are interested. Happy cooking and have a great week ahead. Thank you for dropping by.

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  8. Mareliz these sound yummy! We can only get tinned jackfruit here and I've only ever used it in savoury dishes... I'm interested to try! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday.

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    1. I love that you like this.. and it is reaaly that good with ripe jackfruit. Have a great week ahead.

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  9. What a very special treat, this looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Hello Miz Helen, thank you for coming over. This banana treat is really good. I hope you can try it. Have a great week ahead.

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  10. I haven’t eaten turon for a long time. I wish I have some right now! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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