What Is Turon?
Crunchy, sugary, and simply yummy: turon is a popular Filipino street food that locals love to munch for their merienda (or mid-afternoon snacks).
Filled with thinly sliced saba or cardaba bananas, wrapped like a spring roll with lumpia wrapper, and sprinkled with heavenly brown sugar before deep-frying, it is one street food that surely satisfies the sweet tooth.
Turon is a staple on the Filipino snack menu. Many local sidewalk eateries, kiosks, and street vendors peddle this sweet and crispy treat, along with other popular street foods like banana cue, camote cue, and maruya.
So popular is this snack that it has inspired many variants. Today, you can find turon with slivers of langka (jackfruit), chunks of mangga (mango), strips of buko (coconut), kamote (sweet potato), and more recently, grated cheddar cheese.
What makes turon even more massively popular is its price. Per serving, this snack will set you back by mere pennies. Can’t beat it!
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for the turon, the well-loved banana roll dessert from the Philippines.
- 1 ½ cups to 2 cups brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want your turon to be)
- 2 cups cooking oil (choose a healthy oil for deep-frying)
- 1 cup ripe langka (jackfruit), shredded
- 10-12 lumpia wrappers or crepe wrappers (the fewer the wrappers the bigger the turon)
- 6 saba or cardaba bananas, cut vertically (and horizontally, as well, if needed to fit inside the wrapper)
Note about fillings: You can also add in any other complementary fillings you want. In the Philippines, langka is the most common ingredient paired with saba bananas in turon. You can also use coconut, mango, sweet potato, or cheddar cheese.
- On a plate, pour the brown sugar.
- Thoroughly coat the bananas with brown sugar by rolling them on the plate.
- On a separate plate, place a lumpia wrapper. If you cannot find lumpia wrappers where you live, you may substitute crepe wrappers.
- Place a serving of sugar-coated bananas in the middle of the wrapper.
- Add in slivers of ripe jackfruit or your preferred complementary fillings.
- Roll the wrapper upwards then fold in its left and right side toward the center. Continue rolling the wrapper up until it is done.
- Once done rolling, seal the end flap of the wrapper with a small amount of water.
- In a pan set over medium heat, add the cooking oil. Wait until the oil is well heated.
- Add the excess brown sugar into the pan and allow it to float to the surface.
- Once the brown sugar is floating on the surface, gently place the wrapped bananas into the pan.
- Deep-fry the turon until they are crunchy and golden brown.
- Remove deep-fried bananas from the pan and place them on a plate to allow the excess oil to drain. In the Philippines, people place the cooked turon on clean banana leaves.
- Serve while warm and crunchy.
Munch and enjoy your Filipino turon!
© 2012 kerlynb