Banana Cue is one of the most loved street food in the Philippines. “Saba” banana is only key element of this dish. It is a fruit usually grows in a tropical climate such as the Philippines. It is mostly used for culinary purposes because of its sweet and delicious.
Similar to cotton candies, banana cue is widely sold on the street. You can find someone selling this in front of their house or peddling around the street. But unlike cotton candies that can now be easily made at home with cotton candy machines, banana cue is preferred to be cooked and sold on the streets.
Banana Cue is made of fried banana on bamboo skewers and the most consumed as a mid-afternoon snack. People can’t resist this because aside from being delicious it is also nutritious.
Banana Cue Recipe
Banana Cue is one of the most loved street food in the Philippines. “Saba” banana is only key element of this dish.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 10 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Filipino
- 10 pcs. semi-ripe or ripe Saba Banana
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups Vegetable cooking oil
- 10 pcs bamboo skewers
- In a large wok at high flame heat cooking oil, when hot, drop the bananas and fry for about 2 minutes or until they start to slightly brown.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar and let it stand without stirring.
- When the sugar starts to caramelize, start stirring the bananas to have it coated with caramelized sugar.
- Continue frying, stirring several times to have the bananas fully coated with caramelized sugar. Turn the heat off once the bananas are cook through, do not overcook.
- Drain in Fry Skimmer Strainer or Colander or deep bowl with paper towel to remove excess oil.
- Skewer two bananas in a bamboo stick while they slightly cool down.
This video shows another recipe for banana cue.
- Serving Size: 2 pieces
- Calories: 158
- Sugar: 19 g
- Sodium: 0 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 2 g
- Trans Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: street food, snack food, caramel banana, traditional
Banana Cue as Merienda
I remembered when I was in grade school. I always waiting for the bell rings, it is the time for “meryenda” (snack). In front of our school, there are many vendors selling any kind of “Kakanin” (Native Delicacies). I always choose banana cue not only it is delicious but also cheap. The perfect match for this is to have some “samalamig” (a cold sweet drink made of water, vanilla extract, cube gelatin or sago) It is so delicious.
I make Banana Cue once in a while especially when my kids ask for it. My style is, I choose semi-ripe banana. Bananas that are too ripe may fall apart or too soft during cooking. This recipe is easy to prepare, you only need three main ingredients which is “Saba” banana, brown sugar and vegetable or peanut oil. I deep-fried the “Saba” banana first until it’s golden brown to make sure the banana inside is cooked, removed banana from oil. Then I caramelized the brown sugar when becoming sticky, I put back the banana keep turning until they are coated with sugar. Impale each banana with a skewer.
I love having Banana Cue for my mid-afternoon snack. Paired with a glass of cold soda while resting and watching television.
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Before going to the Philippines I only ate banana itself, but I fell in love with all the banana street dessert food while in the Philippines, this recipe scratched the itch, thank you.