Yesterday I brought a boiled banana to work coz everyone in my multi-cultural team had never had one before and they were like: “Why would you boil a banana?!?!”
Apparently it’s just a Philippine thing. 😅
Let me just clarify that we don’t boil the typical banana, just the one called “saba” which is apparently called “plantain” in the west.
Anyway, they all tried it and we were all not sure how to describe the taste. It’s more like sweet potato but with a different texture? It doesn’t taste like a normal banana?
I asked my Facebook friends to help me out – how would they describe it to someone who has never tried it before? Monica came up with the best answer:
Typically the boiled saba is eaten as it is or paired with ginamos (anchovies). It’s usually prepared as sweets, usually as an afternoon snacks (banana cue, pinaypay, deep fried then dip with brown sugar, etc) Or as an ingredient to any savoury meal (like when you add vegetable in a stew), as it brings natural sweetness into the dish. This variety is a rare find in Singapore and possibilities from this fruit/vege are endless!
Another friend said that other cultures boil it, too, like her Jamaican friends. So now I know it’s not just a Philippine thing!
So tell me, have you ever had a boiled banana?