filipino food month

Banana Lumpia

Well, my friends, I have one more Filipino dish to share with you that didn’t make it into Filipino Food Month. It’s your bonus recipe– totally free! This is one of my very favorite things to eat. This is a dessert version of lumpia, and it is seriously tasty. I remember rushing to the student store at my school at lunch or merienda whenever these were fresh and buying them for 5 pesos (about $0.12) each.

In the Philippines, banana lumpia is made with a cooking banana, called saba. I have never seen saba here in Minnesota, so I struggled for a while to figure out what to make these with. Saba bananas are short and squat, and are starchier than regular bananas, but not as starchy as plantains.

I had tried making these with plantains before, and the plantains were too firm and stayed very separate from the rest of it. Then I tried regular bananas, but they just got mushy with the frying. I decided to try one more thing, and it worked quite well!

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Pancit {Filipino Food Month}

Are you ready for the next installment of Filipino Food Month? I know I am.

This is a Filipino dish called Pancit. There are many versions of this dish in the Philippines, with the main two that I ever came across being Pancit Bihon and Pancit CantonBihon is made with thin rice noodles, and canton is made with more of a lo-mein kind of noodle. In our house, we’re split as to which we prefer, with myself vastly preferring bihon and Hubs vastly preferring canton. Since it’s my birthday month and I’m doing the cooking, I win this time. 😉

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