Cheesy turon (banana spring rolls)
Still making turon with strips of langka (jackfruit)? Too boring… try strips of cheese. Turon will never be the same again.
Turon is a spring roll filled with saba banana. As street food, they are sold along sidewalks by ambulant vendors who cook them on gas stoves set on rolling carts. Sold that way, turon is laced with plenty of brown sugar and filled with lots of langka (jackfruit) strips. Which makes it too sweet. Sickeningly sweet for my taste.
Substituting strips of cheese for the langka gives turon a totally new flavor. The salty cheese melts inside the wrapper and blends wonderfully with the natural sweetness of the saba bananas. That’s why it’s so important to use very ripe bananas. Semi-ripe bananas are too firm and lack the right amount of sweetness. If ripe bananas are unavailable, then you may add a little brown sugar to strike the right balance. Use soft cheeses, the kind that melts well. And seal the wrappers very well to prevent the cheese from leaking out when it melts.
- 6 saba bananas, cut in half lengthwise
half of a 225 g. block of cheese
1/2 c. of dark brown sugar (optional)
12 pcs. of lumpia (spring roll) wrappers
1-1/2 c. of cooking oil
- Separate the spring roll wrappers. Slice the cheese into 12 equal pieces.
Lay 1/2 banana on a spring roll wrapper. Place a slice of cheese on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar,
isif using. Wrap filling. Take the side nearest you and start rolling away from you. Halfway through, fold side flaps inward and continue rolling. Wet edges of wrapper to seal. Repeat process until all wrappers are filled.
Heat the cooking oil in a skillet. Over medium-high heat, deep fry the banana spring rolls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve at once.
Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 6