Because of its popularity and abundance, bananas are being used in a lot of dishes and converted into different types of food. In Cebu alone, you can find a lot of street food and snacks made primarily of banana. And some sugar. Here are some of the popular banana snacks that Cebuanos love to eat:
Banana cue is made by deep frying saba banana coated in brown sugar. For extra sweetness, some people add more brown sugar on the hot oil while the bananas are being fried. The caramelized bananas are then skewered onto a bamboo stick for ease of serving and eating.
Turon, sometimes called lumpiang saging, is a dessert and street food made of sliced bananas wrapped in a spring roll (or lumpia) wrapper and dusted with brown sugar before frying it. Aside from bananas, turon can also be filled with other fruits and fillings, most popular being jackfruit or langka and cheese. Turon is usually paired with vanilla ice cream when served in restaurants.
Banana chips are another popular snack and are usually sold in bigger stores and supermarkets. Banana chips are made by slicing the bananas very thinly, cooked till they are nice and crispy, After which, the crispy banana slices are coated with syrup. There are several processes of making banana chips – by deep frying, baking, or dehydrating.
The pinasugbo is a popular pasalubong from Bacolod, but eventually it also became a Cebuano favorite. Pinasugbo is made from thinly sliced bananas which are deep fried then dunked into dark caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Pinaypay is made by cutting 3 or 4 vertical slits on the saba banana. The partitions are then to be spread to resemble a fan (hence the name "Pinaypay"). The banana is then dipped in a batter and fried then coated with white sugar. Pinaypay is usually sold in the streets and also in school canteens.