I was a bit frustrated by recent blogging about the $20,000 Le Cirque dinner, so I decided to eat something that is definitely in my Top 5 list of personal comfort foods. Banana turon. In this case, made with the stunningly thin lumpia wrappers I saw cooked right in front of my eyes on a recent Bacolod trip, and which we brought back to Manila and stored in the freezer for emergencies like today. And inside were perfectly fry-able saba bananas, bus-ok or robust/healthy/substantial, just on the cusp of ripeness, still a little starchy but already characteristically saba sweet. These were cut to relatively thin slivers, say the size of your little finger, but longer perhaps. Then rolled in the thin lumpia wrapper and fried in hot vegetable oil…
With a little more planning (but I don’t plan that far ahead for frustration snacking), I could have made some dulce de leche… But that’s okay, these hot crisp, sweet, soft turon were perfect as is. I had way too many of these to mention. And then I felt compelled to briskly walk 4 kilometers to work up a sweat and feel a little less guilty. But the combination of turon and exercise has resulted in a rapid return to Marketman equilibrium, and hopefully, a really good night’s rest. How can something so simple be so extravagant? Particularly when they cost just a couple of pesos (roughly 5 US cents) each to make? Start with the thinnest lumpia wrapper (PHP1 each at the Bacolod market), place a finger sized piece of sliced saba banana within, roll tightly and seal with a bit of eggwhite or water, then fry in vegetable oil over medium flames. Drain vertically over paper towels and serve while still hot. Absolutely delicious. Positively addictive.
All of these terrific photos were taken by The Teen. :)