09 Jan2011


We harvested the most amazing saba (plantain) bananas from the gardens just outside our Cebu office. They were partially green and partially ripe on the tree… in other words, as close to ideal as they can get. So an hour or two later, we decided to have the just ripening sabas as part of a rather sweet but delicious afternoon merienda. I like my bananaque to be a bit firm still, not overly ripe and soft and mushy. These were perfectly done, with lots of stickly brown sugar caramel coating the bananas.


Each bowl got one bananaque, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a topping of homemade mangosteen jam and brandy sauce. Yum. :)



  1. aleeh co says:

    i love saba bananas just fried, with no sugar added as well turon with sugar and cheese. :D

    Jan 9, 2011 | 10:03 pm


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  3. Bijin says:

    an jealous!

    Jan 9, 2011 | 10:18 pm

  4. Divine G. says:

    Yeah….am jealous, too. I could not get real saba here just plaintain which is far so different from saba.

    Jan 9, 2011 | 10:28 pm

  5. Risa says:

    What timing. I grabbed a bottle of Kablon Mangosteen jam and finally convinced my 6-year old that peanut butter and jam sandwiches are great!

    Will need to wait for the cough to go away to try this with coffee ice cream. My mom likes to fry very ripe halved saba in a little bit of oil sans sugar. It’s nice too. I’ve seen them rolled in sugar and grilled as well.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 1:20 am

  6. moni says:

    MM, that’s a sinfully delicious merienda!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 2:34 am

  7. bearhug0127 says:

    Saraaaaaap! Miss the bananaque and would like to have a taste of the mangosteen jam.I could eat two or three of those bananas!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:26 am

  8. det says:

    MM,forgot I have saba bananas ripening under the kitchen sink.Thanks for the post.Bananacue here I come,lol.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 5:31 am

  9. Leah says:

    Absolutely mouthwatering photo! Wish I could just go down the street and buy bananacue.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 5:54 am

  10. marilen says:

    I could eat 2 or 3 portions of this merienda, MM – yummy gid!!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:08 am

  11. Pinksalmonlady says:

    Yummy MM! I’m drooling now as I looked at the pic. I missed this type of mirienda here in Australia. Its hard to get saba here.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:37 am

  12. EbbaBlue says:

    I have the saba variety banana tree in my yard, but because of our natural weather, it does not give a fully matured fruit, kasi bananas needs at least 10 months mild hot weather bago mahinog.. eh wala nun dito, even though our winter is mild, nag-pi-freeze naman annually. I love banana que, and with you adding ice cream.. wow! Yeah the plantain cooking bananas that is ordinary here are not the same with our local saba. Matamis na parang gamot.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:49 am

  13. atbnorge says:

    Nilaga, prito, with or without sugar, nilupak or just plain ripe and uncooked…I love for breakfast or snack.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:58 am

  14. Mike says:

    There’s comfort food and comfort dessert. I think bananaque is the epitome of Pinoy comfort dessert.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 7:36 am

  15. linda says:

    it’s to die for,MM!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 7:53 am

  16. andrea says:

    sarraaap naman nyan, MM!!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 8:23 am

  17. tna says:

    Any job openings in your office? No monetary payment required…just heavenly “snacks” like the above…drool…

    Jan 10, 2011 | 9:42 am

  18. ariel says:

    super diabetic food

    Jan 10, 2011 | 9:55 am

  19. ysa says:

    and whoever said “it’s only bananaque” will have to suffer in silence… this is bananaque! ummm… MM, where’s mine? am not diabetic, nor on a diet? =)

    Jan 10, 2011 | 10:32 am

  20. Mimi says:

    Saba in Singapore is ‘blah’ compared to Pinoy saba. But beggars cannot be choosers, pwede na pagtiyagaan. Although I find myself using the Pisang Rajah kind more, okay for bananas foster.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 10:50 am

  21. jannah says:

    Sosyal na banana que.
    I think I should go to KM hypermart to buy some saba which is by the way, comes from Dole Phils.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 11:54 am

  22. jigs says:

    I’m 10 again and my mom is in the kitchen making this lovely merienda. Thanks MM for bringing back lovely childhood memories!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 12:09 pm

  23. millet says:

    lucky officemates!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 12:55 pm

  24. k. ramos says:

    I never thought of having banana cue a la mode. Thanks for the idea MM! :D

    Jan 10, 2011 | 1:17 pm

  25. Jacinta, Canada says:

    Dude how do you make the caramel coating the banana? Plse show me!! The pic looks absolutely delish and i’d like to make this dessert tomorrow. :)

    Jan 10, 2011 | 1:48 pm

  26. Joey says:

    Sarap nyan ha- pang high-end dining ang dating…

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:18 pm

  27. Lady says:

    Seeing the photo, I loved it already.

    Then I read “mangosteen” which I love. I am officially filled with desire.

    Can I join that office merienda!?!?!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:22 pm

  28. Clarissa says:

    I love bananas in general. But for saba, I like it very ripe, almost mushy, to be fried in oil without sugar. But I can’t turn down a super sugar coated bananan cue as well. :D I tried a turon in a restaurant once, it was banana with an ube filling :) Yummy too.

    Now I’m hungry.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:50 pm

  29. Susan says:

    So, why aren’t you in the restaurant business yet??? Do tell how to caramelize the banana.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:52 pm

  30. mudra says:

    My little boys will love this! But how do I prepare the brandy sauce? Help please!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 4:54 pm

  31. elian says:

    saba in cebuano is kardaba.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:12 pm

  32. millet says:

    no, no, elian, saba is much smaller and sweeter than cardaba.

    Jan 10, 2011 | 6:40 pm

  33. tonceq says:

    MM really is a man of great fortitude… i don’t know how you can stop at just one banana… or serving! :)

    Jan 10, 2011 | 7:48 pm

  34. panache says:

    Mmmm Mr MM your dessert looks uberlicious.Might I also suggest making matamis na saging na saba with sago and to this add manticado ice cream

    Jan 10, 2011 | 8:22 pm

  35. Marketman says:

    panache, that sounds terrific… tonceq, I have to admit, when its just plain old banana que, I eat 4 bananas! :) mudra, I use my homemade mangosteen jam, and reheat it in a pan with a little water and as much brandy as you want until it has the consistency of a sauce… Susan, I have a post on the banana cue from several years back. Ultimately, it is lots of vegetable oil, and lots of muscovado sugar applied to the bananas a couple of times while cooking… Jacinta, stick the banana in the fat for a few seconds, then roll it in muscovado or dark sugar and re-dip in hot fat and repeat to put as much sugar as you like… k. ramos, I have to admit, this can get rather “sticky” what with the caramelized sugar and the coldness of the ice cream… also, if you don’t like sweet in a big way, this dessert is WAY sweet… :)

    Jan 10, 2011 | 9:01 pm

  36. rosedmd says:

    Yummy!!!! kakainggit, aw!! nakakagutom…. at this time of the night…. I want banana que with ice cream and that jam!!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 9:36 pm

  37. THELMA says:

    that would be my dessert for tonight. thanks for the idea!

    Jan 10, 2011 | 11:53 pm

  38. Angela says:

    Based on the photos, I thought this was going to be a post about a dessert purchased from a fancy restaurant! It looks YUMMY!

    Jan 11, 2011 | 12:57 am

  39. Getter Dragon 1 says:

    This creation would captivate top dollar here in the US.

    Jan 11, 2011 | 2:07 am

  40. junb says:

    I like the color of the Banana Q!

    Jan 12, 2011 | 12:13 am

  41. jack says:

    ang sarap naman, made me hungry for banana que this time of day (12:54 am)

    btw, im from the Philippines, our ip routes to the United States and back that’s why :)

    Jan 12, 2011 | 12:55 am

  42. Grace says:

    Now I’m craving for banana-q!

    Jan 13, 2011 | 9:55 am

  43. yo eddie says:

    dammit! i just want to grab that right now and shove it in my salivating mouth! grrrr.

    Jan 13, 2011 | 2:38 pm

  44. Cathy says:

    wow! one of the best snack.. love the combination… lots of brown sugar on the saba & creamy ice cream on the side.. perferct! :)

    Jan 15, 2011 | 10:15 pm

  45. maricel says:

    miss philippines talaga when it comes to foodtrip like this!!!

    Jan 16, 2011 | 2:00 am

  46. MC says:

    wow………….. delicious…. :) mangosteen jam?? .. ano kaya ang lasa. :)) maasim na matamis na sweet… yum yum :D

    Jan 16, 2011 | 8:44 pm

  47. atocey says:

    banana is the one of my favorite, so i love this recipe desert..

    Jan 18, 2011 | 12:48 pm


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