Burro banana or saba (as known in the Philippines) is a staple at our house when I was growing up. Along with fried eggplants and dried fish, fried saba were commonly served with rice at breakfast. My mom would also boil the saba with the skin on and served it for snacks. Sweetened Bananas (Minatamis na Saging) in syrup is another way of serving these versatile fruit.
Very ripe saba or plantains are boiled in a mixture of brown sugar and water until the mixture thickens. This delicious dessert may be eaten as is but my favorite way of eating it is with shaved ice and evaporated milk. Yummy!
- 7 medium ripe burro bananas (saba) or plantains
- 2 cups water
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Bring water to a boil over medium high heat. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. When the syrup starts to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, peel bananas and cut in half diagonally. Add to simmering syrup and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
- Let cool to room temperature and chill before serving.
- Serve as is or with shaved ice and evaporated milk.