by nobert soloria bermosa on 10/04/08 at 9:38 am
Bananas are very popular in the Philippines, especially if eaten in one of these ways.
This banana fritter or locally called “banana cue” because you can usually buy it in a stick. These are cooked by deep frying it with caramelized brown sugar.
Turon (Banana Roll)
A banana is usually sliced lengthwise into two, rolled in a sugar then wrapped with lumpia wrapper and then deep fried. Sometimes they add jackfruit to make it smells and tastes yummier. It is one of the favorite snacks of Filipinos.
Banana Con Yelo (Banana With Ice)
One of the best-sellers during summer, it is prepared by cooking/boiling it on a caramelized brown sugar until it is sweetened, and then they add crushed ice, and poured with evaporated milk in a bowl.
Bananas can also be boiled either unripe or ripe. We call it “nilagang saging” (boiled banana). Unripe boiled bananas are usually eaten by dipping it first in sugar.
Nilupak, Nilubyan, or Lubi-Lubi in Ilocano (Pounded Banana)
It is usually prepared by pounding boiled unripe bananas using mortar and pestle. Brown sugar, grated coconut milk, and vanilla are mixed with it.
Sweetened and Cubed Banana
This is a major ingredient of the famous Halo-halo fiesta which is a number one favorite especially during summer. It’s a mixture of a lot of ingredients like jackfruit, sago (pearl ball), nata de coco, pinipig (toasted and flattened young glutinous rice), gulaman (gelatin), ube/halaya, added with sugar, crushed ice, evaporated milk and many others. Sometimes a scope of ice cream and leche plan are added as toppings.
These are also added on a local snack known as “paradosdos”, “bilo-bilo” or “tambo-tambong” in Ilocano (rice balls with coconut milk).
Pochero: Mudfish, Pork, or Beef
A kind of stew with tomato sauce and mixed vegetables, “nilagang baboy o baka” (boiled pork or beef) and many other local dishes
Note: A variety/species of banana locally known as “saging na saba,” or plantain, is the kind of banana used in all the above-mentioned Filipino favorites.
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