The thing about proclaiming something in public, you do feel more compelled to deliver on your word. So, as promised last week, I'm here to share my first official food-related post through Studio Notes' Dash Food.
Admittedly, with all my backlog of food photos and blog post ideas, I had trouble choosing which one to blog about first. I decided to go for one of my favourite snacks/desserts, something I've called Fried Banana Dumplings.
All I know when I was attending primary and secondary school, I used to love buying turon for a morning or afternoon snack from the school canteen. During school vacations, in college, and in my early adulthood, I bought them from street food stalls or at the public markets. In the neighbourhood where my family lived, there were also a couple of stores that sold them.
In the Philippines, I believe turon is usually made with something called 'saba' (a type of banana). I see those types of bananas here in Australia too, usually in Asian food stores, but I can't remember what they're called. They're not that easy to find.
I've been missing turon lately as I haven't had them in a very long time. And, recently, I found myself craving for a banana-inspired snack or dessert. But, I didn't want just any banana. I wanted a taste of my old favourite snack. Something I can make and talk to my kids and my husband about, as one way to tell them about my childhood and cultural heritage.
How I Made The Fried Banana Dumplings (or My Version of Turon)
For these fried banana dumplings, I used 2-3 regular sized bananas. Yep, the kind you can buy from your local supermarket. I sliced them in quarters (across and lengthwise).
Then, I mix 1/4 cup of dessicated coconut and 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a bowl. I put the sliced bananas in the bowl and cover them with the mixture.
I then get some small spring roll wrappers and wrap the bananas in them, as if I was making a spring roll. If you've never made spring rolls before, just put a couple of slices of bananas on one side of the wrapper and roll it over. You can seal the edges with a little bit of water. Wrap all the banana slices in the spring roll wrappers.
In another bowl, put about 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Put the rolled bananas in the bowl and coat them in sugar.
Heat about 1/2 cup of cooking oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the rolled bananas. Turn over after 2 to 3 minutes. If the other side is golden brown and the sugar has caramelised, you can start cooking the paler side. It takes about 6-7 minutes to cook both sides.
When ready, serve it hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How about you? Do you have any snack or dessert that reminds you of your childhood? What is it and what's the story behind it?