The "Banana Cue" or "Banana Q" is a famous merienda (mid-afternoon snack) in the Philippines. It is an all-time-favorite street food since you can easily spot vendors selling these snacks almost anywhere, most especially near schools or offices.
Banana cue is a cheap and filling snack that can fill your tummy. It is made from several saba (Asian Plantains) on a stick, coated with brown sugar and deep fried in oil. The "-cue" part comes from "barbecue" which in the Philippines is associated with cooking food on a stick.
Banana Cue Recipe
• 6 pieces Saging na Saba (Asian Plantains)
• 2 cups Brown Sugar
• Cooking Oil; for deep frying
1. Heat cooking pot.
2. Pour cooking oil enough for deep frying. Wait until the cooking oil becomes hot.
3. Put the bananas, deep fry for 2-3 minutes.
4. Put the heat in medium-low if you can adjust it, and then gradually pour the brown sugar while gently stirring the bananas. Continue cooking and stirring until the bananas are coated with the melted sugar.
5. Drain the bananas from dripping or excess oil.
6. You can directly skewer the bananas with bamboo stick. 1 stick or skewer would have 2 pieces of bananas.
7. Wait for it to cool.
8. Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is good for 3 servings.
Banana cue is best served with cold drinks!
When you buy banana cue in street vendors, you'll usually see equally delicious snacks such camote cue, turon, kumbo and many more.