Some of you may remember the tragic failure of our previous boiled saba banana attempt.
What? Boiled saba banana? "What is that?", you ask.
Saba is a type of banana or plantain in the Philippines that is commonly eaten as a snack or dessert. Sometimes it's fried with sugar, or wrapped up in a wrapper and fried (see Turon (Philippine Banana Spring Roll)), or, simply boiled.
Boiling is something that tugs at our lazy heartstrings, so that's the way to go for us.
Market Manila: Saba or Cooking Bananas
Wikipedia: Banana-cue, Turon and Arroz a la Cubana
Ah yes, the tragic failure.
The previous time we attempted this, we bought burro bananas from the store, thinking that they could be saba. But, I think perhaps not.
FAIL! weird boiled burro bananas
As you can see, they turned a funky red color! That was too weird. Also, the banana itself wasn't sweet at all! Very disappointing.
This time, success was sure as someone had brought these saba all the way from the Philippines. What's more, someone else much more knowledgeable was also responsible for boiling them.
Oh! You keep them in their skins while boiling! That's useful to know. They were simmered over low heat for several hours. I'm thinking that one can't really overcook them.
Afterwards, they turn brown like so.
One can serve them in a light syrup (brown sugar melted in water). In fact, that is what Minatamis na Saba is.
But, making syrup means doing some work. So, I simply popped open a can of condensed milk. I love condensed milk anyway.
Although, even to my condensed milk-loving self, the boiled saba were very good eaten as is without adornment.
I guess this is actually just plain ol' nilagang saba (boiled saba), not minatamis.
Now, all we need is another good Samaritan from the Philippines to bring us more saba!
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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)