Banana Cue or Banana Q is a popular snack food in the Philippines. However, the term banana cue is actually a bit of a misnomer. Although people might think it’s similar to a barbecue where banana is placed on bamboo skewers and grilled over hot charcoals, it’s not. The saba bananas (plantain) are fried along with brown sugar and only placed onto the skewers later for ease of eating.
You’ll find banana cue all around the country at snack stalls, usually along with turon (banana spring rolls) and camote cue (deep-fried sweet potatoes with brown sugar). I typically eat it for my merienda (mid-afternoon snack) along with a nice cold drink. When do you enjoy eating banana cue?
- 8 saba bananas peeled
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- oil for frying
- Heat the oil over medium heat in a wok or large saucepan.
- After 3 minutes add the brown sugar, keep heating over medium heat until the sugar melts and starts to caramelise.
- Turn the heat down so the sugar does not burn and carefully add the bananas.
- Fry the bananas for 6 to 8 minutes, carefully moving them around from time to time so they are nicely coated in the sugar.
- Remove the bananas from the oil, cool for 2 minutes and then carefully thread onto skewers.
- Allow the banana cue to cool for a further 10 minutes then eat!
You can tell its ready to add the bananas when the sugar starts floating to the top of the oil.
When you remove the banana from the oil it will be sticky with the sugar coating, do not place it onto paper towel otherwise it will stick.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Check out my other Filipino desserts here.