Monday, April 26, 2010

Turon (Philippine Banana Spring Roll)

Turon, how I love you...

Lucky for us, JS' godmother, Auntie B, would make turon for us seemingly upon a moment's notice from Mama. Mama tells us that Auntie B's own children have remarked that they themselves are not usually privileged enough for their mother to make them turon! ;)

Auntie B is the same person who would also make Bola-bola (Philippine meatballs) for us, seeing as we're a little frying-averse.

On one such fortunate occasion, a year or so ago, I took the opportunity of photographing Auntie B's always perfect-looking turon.

In the Philippines, one would make turon with a different type of banana (or plantain, actually) altogether,called saba, and perhaps add in some langka (jackfruit) as well. But, we have now more or less resigned ourselves to the regular ol' banana.

Market Manila: Saba or Cooking Bananas
Wikipedia: Langka (Jackfruit)
Wikipedia: Banana-cue, Turon and Arroz a la Cubana

To make them -- not that I've had occasion to with our frying-laziness and Auntie B's generosity -- one simply wraps bananas in egg roll wrappers and fries them up! If you so wish, dredge the banana pieces in brown sugar before wrapping in the wrapper.

See, it's easy!

These turon will be the death of me. If placed before me, I have no choice but to keep eating them until every single one is gone.

2 pieces? Too few. 5 pieces? Um, is there more? 10 pieces? Well, that's quite a lot for a "snack", but they're just too good, bursting stomach be damned.

More eatingclub Philippine/Filipino food

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Boiled Saba (Burro Banana) with Condensed Milk
Caribbean "Fish n' (Banana) Chips"
Turon (Philippine Banana Spring Roll)
Minatamis na Saba (Philippine Boiled Saba Banana)

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Turon (Philippine Banana Spring Roll)

The quantities are completely up to you.

Slice bananas lengthwise, if desired.

If you wish, dredge banana pieces in brown sugar first.

Then, place banana piece on a large egg roll wrapper and wrap. Fold up the bottom to cover the banana, fold in the right and left sides, and roll up until the wrapper is closed. Moisten the top flap of the wrapper to seal.

In a pan, heat oil over medium/medium-low heat. Shallow-fry or deep-fry turon until golden brown.

For showcasing BANANAS, we're submitting this post to Weekend Herb Blogging, a world-wide food blogging event (created by Kalyn's Kitchen, now maintained by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once) with the goal of helping each other learn about cooking with herbs and plant ingredients.

If you'd like to participate, see
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  1. Oh my, I LOVE THIS. I wish I had a deep-frye and egg roll wraps now. I can do it myself:) I love good and simple recipe like this. It's definitely going to taste great with jackfruit in the fillings too. :)

  2. The bananas are dipped in a flour-batter in Malaysia/Singapore and named Goreng Pisang :)

  3. What a great idea. It looks so simple but so tasty. Do you dip it into anything? Chocolate, perhaps? :)
    Thanks for submitting it to WHB!

  4. Love turon -- without langka for me, please :P The way the sugar melts on the outside is a bonus touch :)

  5. I think cooked bananas are one of the best creations ever. The depths of their sweetness knows no bounds. These look delicious! What a great way to enjoy them.

  6. I love deep fried banana delights, from turon to tempura battered and dipped in sugar. Gaaaahyum! However, because I share the deep frying aversion with you guys (or terror...hard to say, really), I only ever eat them at restaurants. Sniff. I wish that I had an Aunt B.

  7. CheapAppetite:
    It's dangerous to have turon in the house often, because I really have no self-control when it comes to eating them.

    I always see those in Indonesian or Malaysian restaurants, but I didn't know the name of the dish.

    One can do whatever they wish to these turon. But plain is just fine by me as well. =)

    I've actually never had turon with langka much. Maybe once or twice that I can actually recall? Those sugary "burnt" bits are the best. =)

    I see you have a banana-esque post as well! (Well, plaintains.)

    You and me both! Especially seeing as these photos were taken about a year ago!

    Choosy Beggar Tina:
    We are quite lucky with Auntie B. Although, her daughter in Texas has children now so she is often away from Vancouver. [sniffle]

  8. Yumm deep fried banana things are hard to resist! Especially if paired with ice cream mmm.

  9. Oooh your turon looks fantastic - especially that shot where you show the innards. Yum.

  10. eatme_delicious:
    Ice cream would be an added bonus. =)

    Teehee, turon innards. Now that's one innard I like!

    Visited your blog. So nice! I've added it to my feed reader. =)

  11. shellebee75:
    Hope you enjoy making (and eating!) them.

  12. Wow, these look delicious.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new baking photo gallery showcasing the beautiful baking, sweets and dessert.

  13. Really! I can see these becoming a favorite really fast around my house. A banana wrapped in sugar and egg roll how yum is that!

  14. Bakeolicious:
    We'll take a look at the site. Thanks for the heads up!

    Medifast Coupon:
    My appetite for these appears to be insatiable.


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