Turon (or banana lumpia or spring rolls) is a Filipino snack made of ripe plantain wrapped in spring roll wrapper then deep fried to perfection. Top with vanilla ice cream then drizzle with salted caramel sauce and you have yourself a dessert that transports you straight to the tropics where the sun is always shining and the sound of banana trees swaying with the warm breeze lulls you into a sweet siesta.
I stopped counting the years I’ve lived away from home. Too long is always my default answer now. The first few years my dad would say if it gets too hard just pack your bags and come home immediately. They didn’t raise a quitter though (BTW – remember to greet your dads on Father’s Day!). So here I am, years later, luckily thriving in the new country I chose to live in.
I’ve had the good fortune of meeting new friends, finding a job I like and learning to make the things I miss from home. Food has helped with my homesickness a lot. I cannot begin to describe to you the euphoria I get when I take that first bite of something, anything and it tastes like the ones from home.
Turon a.k.a. banana lumpia
Which brings me to this turon or banana lumpia recipe. Ironically I’ve never been a big fan of it. My mom would buy half a dozen from the local market and I would mostly ignore it. But now, turon and I – we’re tight. It’s a simple snack but topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel sauce – I would serve this to our most important guests at our fanciest dinner party in a heartbeat….