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.
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?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.