There are few snacks or desserts that enjoy more than banana turon. This is definitely on my Top 5 list. We purchased a huge langka (for PHP250 or so) from a Batangas roadside stall (note, NOT overpriced Tagaytay fruit highway robber stalls) on the ride back from the Holy Week holiday at the beach. We waited a day or two until it reached its peak ripeness and split it open and savored the pungent and unique aroma that I have to believe is an acquired smell. We split up the â€œmeat,â€ removing the seeds and sent it home with staff or to neighbors. I understand the seeds should be boiled but I have never done that so in this case, they were chucked into the garbage. After the â€œdistributionâ€ of langka bounty, there was still two large ziplock bags of the fruit left and that went into the freezer. If you have never tasted pieces of frozen langka (jackfruit), you are missing a spectacular sensory and taste sensation. The half-frozen, slightly crunchy and oddly chewy fruit hits your tongue cold but rapidly defrosts and you get the unique flavor as you chew itâ€¦ And if you want to dress it up a little, friends of ours introduced us to cold langka drizzled with brandy or rhum, it is SUPERB!
At any rate, a few days later, I came across a terrific looking bunch of saba bananas which were incredibly large and robust but a whopping PHP5 each. The natural outcome of terrific saba bananas and some langka? Banana and langka (jackfruit) turon, of course. To make, buy some pre-made lumpia (spring roll) wrappers at the market or grocery. Carefully take the layers of lumpia wrapper apart. Next, slice the just under-ripe saba (or plantain) bananas into long strips, about the size of a very thin cigar. Wrap the banana together with thin strips of jackfruit in the lumpia wrapper. There are many ways of doing thisâ€¦ending up with short stubby and small turon, or long deconstructed, open-ended turon like the ones in these photographs. Seal the end of the wrapper with a touch of water if necessary. Heat up some vegetable oil in a pan and fry the wrapped bananas until crisp and an appetizing golden color.
Drain excess grease on paper towels and serve hot. Though if you bite into these a minute or two after cooking them you are probably going to burn your lips and tongue when that little strip of painfully hot langka slips out at a temperature that seems to approximate the hot oil it was cooked in. If you want to go over the top, serve with a shortcut dulce de leche, recipe here. I can easily eat 6-8 of these long thin turon in one sitting. Thatâ€™s an outrageous amount of calories, but absolutely delicious. Personally, I think I still prefer the turon without the strips of langka. The strips of jackfruit add sweetness and a unique flavor but I find it has an aftertaste that I sometimes dislike. Nevertheless either with or without jackfruit, this is a favorite snack in our householdâ€¦