Hans: Hey, uh, Achie (big sister) my friend and I are stranded at the airport, and there's no hotel vouchers... so you have the great joy of staying up late and driving to get us. Thanks.
Chef Uy: *grumbling/driving through the floods at 1 am* You're damn lucky you're my favorite brother!
Hans: Oh my God, I knew it! This is EXACTLY what I expected in Achie's fridge. There's no real food - just some rotting bananas, fat free Greek yogurt, and, ugh, vegetables!
It didn't help my cause, when after hearing I had cereal, he reached for a chocolate cereal box ("this looks promising") and I said, "Ah, that's my roommate's. Here's mine," and I whip out my fiber bran flakes. His withering facial expression was priceless.
Filipino Turon (Fried Banana Lumpia)
spring roll wrappers
2-3 ripe plantains or cooking bananas (saba)
strips of jackfruit (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar
Cooking oil, for frying
Separate the spring roll wrappers, and cut the bananas lengthwise into 2-3 inch pieces. Lay the wrapper on a plate, dip the banana (and jackfruit) in sugar and layer along diagonally. Fold starting at the end of the wrapper with the filling, fold the 2 sides in, then roll up to the end. Seal the end with water.
Heat up the oil in medium heat and fry the turon with the sealed end side down first (to keep it sealed). Cook until golden brown, then flip to fry the other side, and once slightly browned, sprinkle sugar onto the oil to caramelize. Serve warm and eat fresh.
Another option is to bake them in the oven at 375F until golden brown, about 20-30 min. Serve fresh (baked turon seems to lose crispiness faster). I've tried both ways, and I have to say I prefer the fried version, but both are delicious!
Turon rolling tips: Cut the bananas/plantains lengthwise for easier rolling. The size of saba (small plantains) are nicely suited for small spring roll wrappers. Also don't be afraid of adding sugar, as plantains are NOT nearly as sweet as bananas (make sure they are almost black for full ripeness).
PS. Don't eat plantains raw no matter how good they seem. They taste terrible unless cooked.