Turon has always been a favorite in my house. I usually make it when I have leftover wrappers from making lumpiang shanghai or lumpiang prito. My husband can’t get enough of these crunchy rolls with the sweet and soft filling. He has to have more than one. It is no wonder that they are always a hit every time I bring them to any party or gathering.
What is Turon?
Turon is a classic Filipino snack made with a slice of banana that is then rolled in brown sugar, wrapped and fried. The typical type of banana used in this snack is saba (burro banana). Sometimes other fruits are used along with the banana, such as jackfruit or mango. Furthermore, turon is considered a street food in the Philippines and you can see this delicious snack sold on the streets along with other favorites like banana cue.
What type of banana to use?
The typical type of banana used in turon is saba (burro banana). You may be able to find this type of banana in Asian supermarkets, but it may be difficult to source. Here in Vancouver, saba bananas are not always available. Therefore, regular bananas can be used instead, which are easily accessible all year round and can be bought at any supermarket.
How to make Turon?
The first step in making turon is to prepare the bananas. If you are using regular bananas, peel and slice the bananas in half crosswise. If you are using saba bananas, peel and slice the bananas in half lengthwise. The bananas are set aside. Then, the wrappers are laid out and the bananas are coated in sugar before placing on the wrapper and rolled. The final step is to fry the wrapped bananas. After frying the turon, they are placed on paper towels to drain as much of the oil as possible.
Tips for making Turon
- Very ripe bananas are the best to use because they are softer and sweeter.
- 5 medium-sized ripe regular bananas, saba bananas or burro banana
- 4 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 10 8-inch frozen spring roll wrapper, thawed and separated
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- Vanilla ice cream , for serving (optional)
- Prepare the bananas: If you are using regular bananas, peel and slice the bananas in half crosswise. If you are using saba bananas, peel and slice the bananas in half lengthwise. Set aside.
- Spread the brown sugar on a shallow dish.
- Lay a wrapper on a plate with 1 corner facing you. Thoroughly cover 1 slice of banana in sugar and then place it along the corner of the wrapper closest to you. Roll the wrapper over the banana, tuck in both sides and roll it up tight. Moisten the end with water and press to seal. Repeat the process with the rest of the bananas.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Fry the turon, in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve as is or with vanilla ice cream, if using.