Banana Q (Caramelized Banana)
Banana Q or Banana Cue is a very popular snack sold at almost every street corner back home. It is deep fried “saba” banana coated with caramelized brown sugar. Saba banana is a type of cooking banana that is cultivated and indigenous to the Philippines. You can get frozen saba banana in any Asian store. I have used this brand and find it’s quality really excellent.
As a child I really didn’t like this traditional snack and would prefer to have cookies and crackers instead. I guess as you grow older your taste in food changes and you long for those that reminds you of home.
To make, heat about 3/4-1 cup oil in a pan and add 1/2 cup brown sugar. Immediately add your saba bananas. Do not crowd your pan and continuously move and stir the bananas around until browned and sugar has caramelized and evenly coated it. It took me a while to get the hang of it since the brown sugar burns quickly.
Serve hot or warm. You can even serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.