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.
Deep frying adventures continue
I told you on Monday that we bought a new deep fryer and made Churros con Chocolate. We (by “we” I mean Red; I watched from a safe distance) took it for another spin and made turon. A deep fryer is optional though. You’ll just need to flip your plantains once one side is golden brown.
The uglier the plantain, the better
Unlike bananas, you want bruises on your plantain. You want a dull yellow plantain that’s semi-soft with patches of black (or mostly black). That means they’re ripe and ready to use. You don’t want perfect green ones because they are unripe and unripe plantains are bitter and just nasty.
Do you like jackfruit?
Traditionally, turon is made with jackfruit; a sliver of jackfruit is included in the roll. We don’t particularly like jackfruit and it’s difficult to find fresh ones here so we left it out. This version is made with cinnamon and brown sugar and it’s just delicious (this is Red’s recipe BTW. I shared her ultimate nachos a few weeks back. She’s like Skynet eh? Slowly taking over my blog).
Salted caramel sauce and ice cream
Salted caramel sauce is optional too. So is ice cream (vanilla or coconut or even mango if you can find it). Turon is great on its own (seriously good). But the warm weather is here and if you want a tropical dessert to cool you down, I highly recommend this combination. It is just delicious.
So go ahead and try your hand at making turon or banana lumpia. Dress it up or down, it’s a mouth-watering, beloved Filipino treat.
Did you make this banana lumpia? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear about how it went. If you’re curious about other Filipino desserts, they’re all here. Have you tried any of them? Any favourites?
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