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How to Make Fried Banana Egg Rolls (Turon): A Filipino-Inspired Snack

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Learn how to make fried banana egg rolls

Learn how to make fried banana egg rolls

Fried banana egg rolls, known locally as turon, are a famous Filipino street food. This sweet and crunchy snack is made with slices of banana wrapped in a lumpia wrapper or an egg roll wrapper. Many Filipino restaurants nowadays include fried banana egg rolls on their dessert menus. Allow me to share how I made this easy-to-make Filipino snack that requires only a few ingredients.

Simple ingredients for banana egg rolls

Simple ingredients for banana egg rolls

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

20 min

50 min

20 rolls

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas, quartered
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 20 egg roll wrappers
  • Water, for sealing
  • Cornstarch, for sealing
  • Cooking oil, for frying

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 3 plates
  • 1 small bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • tong
  • strainer
  • bowl
Fried banana egg rolls

Fried banana egg rolls

Instructions

  1. Spread brown sugar on a plate.
  2. Roll a piece of the quartered banana in the brown sugar.
  3. Place an egg roll wrapper on a different plate. Place the banana about an inch up from the bottom end of the wrapper.
  4. Fold up the bottom part of the wrapper, followed by the two sides of the wrapper.
  5. Roll up to the top part of the wrapper. Leave at least 1 inch at the top unrolled.
  6. Moisten the top part of the wrapper with water to seal the rolls.
  7. Deep-fry all the rolls.
  8. Serve immediately while still crispy.

Step-by-Step Procedure: Turon (Fried Banana Egg Rolls)

Tips and Techniques

  1. Cook immediately after wrapping, as the sugar may turn watery.
  2. To store, sack the banana egg rolls tightly in a container and store in the freezer to prevent the sugar from melting.
  3. Freeze separate portions of these banana egg rolls so you can easily thaw the exact amount you want to eat.
  4. If plain water isn't working to seal the rolls, use a mix of flour and water.
  5. Serve banana egg rolls with any desired sauces or toppings.
Fried banana egg rolls with salted caramel sauce

Fried banana egg rolls with salted caramel sauce

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Comments

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Liz,

I agree with you Spanish turon is a different sweet compared this Filipino turon. Though both of it are considered as sweet snacks. One of the foods with the same name but in fact different thing.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 15, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

It should be done that way because all the flavors and nutrients are there. Some people aren't aware of that.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

I thought the Spanish turon was very different. From what I recall it was quite dense and sweet.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 14, 2018:

Hello, Dred cuan, thank you. My people have such a custom. Even when yam is cooked, the water is not thrown away but re-used for other foods, like making a custard or cooking rice.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hello Miebakagh,

I am a bit aware of that. But if you can find a process where you can trap those juices it's just fine, right? For example, whenever I blanch vegetables, I make sure to keep the water as it may serve as a vegetable stock to any of my dish. I try to re-use it so even I lose some of the nutrients from the vegetables itself, I preserved it in the stock.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

The difficult part of this recipe is the egg roll wrapping. It's totally time-consuming as you need to make sure that all edges are well secured. Other than that frying is so easy. I hope you'll try it!

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hello Liz,

The name turon was actually originated in Spain. If I'm not mistaken, Spanish turron is some sort of cake made of egg whites. It's totally far different than this local Filipino snack. I hope you get a chance to try it!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 14, 2018:

Hi, Dred cuan, all fruits, and vegetables when in contact with a heat, loses they vitamins A, B-complex, C, and folate. Depending on the degree of heat, up to 70% can be lost. That is why fruits and veggies need to be eaten fresh always or treat to a very low heat for 2 minutes. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 14, 2018:

I have never heard of this treat, but it sounds pretty good. The recipe is simple enough. Thank you.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 14, 2018:

I have come across Spanish turron sweet snacks, but I have not heard of this dish before. Bananas are a favourite fruit of mine.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on October 14, 2018:

Hi Miebakagh,

I didn't know that nutrients of banana are destroyed when fried. But I think frying won't affect that much for my bananas because I wrapped the pieces with egg rolls. The main purpose of which is just to make the egg rolls crunchy. Nothing else.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 14, 2018:

Hi, Dred cuan, thanks for sharing. However, do you realize that frying the bananas in oil will destroy a lot of nutrients? I am a keep fit enthusiasts, and as such, I think ripe plantains can be a good replacement for the bananas. The use of brown sugar is much welcomed, and this is the first time you are mentioning it in your stories. Than you again.