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Updated on March 2, 2013

Turon - Favorite Filipino Merienda

Turon is a favorite Filipino merienda (snack usually in between meals). Made from a particular local banana variety known as "saging na saba" (Philippine banana plantain) wrapped in a springroll wrapper and fried until golden brown. This is probably one of the easiest and quickest snack to prepare and nonetheless very delicious. I really love it's texture which is crunchy on the outside, sweet and a little mushy in the inside. Along with other street foods, turon is very common food usually peddled in the side streets of the Philippines.

Along with plain and simple turon recipe, there are also different ways to enhance what is already delicious turon. Sometimes a langka (jackfruit) sliver is rolled along the banana. How to make a chocolate chip version of turon is also featured below.

Classic Turon Recipe

Quick and Simple Steps to Make Turon


- 5 pieces banana (preferably the saba variety)

- 10 pieces spring roll wrapper (locally known as lumpia wrapper)

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- enough oil to deep fry the turon

Cooking Instruction

1. Peel off the skin of banana then cut it lengthwise into two (you can also go extra thin by cutting it into three pieces lengthwise). Roll the bananas into the brown sugar slightly or you can just sprinkle it a little bit because the saba in itself is already sweet.

2. Put the banana on top of the lumpia wrapper. Carefully wrap them by folding each end, the same way you wrap a spring roll. You can use water to seal the openings.

3. Deep fry into medium fire. The wrapped bananas will change into golden brown. The wrapper becomes crispy when it is cooked.

4. Remove it from the pan and drain the excess oil by using wax paper.

5. Enjoy!

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Filipino Cuisine: Recipes from the Islands

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Fruit Cocktail Turon

Turon with a Fruity Twist

This recipe is from Del Monte Kitchenomics. Delightful fruity flavors that includes fruit cocktail, orange zest and ground cinnamon. For complete list of ingredients and procedure go to kitchenomics

Turon with a Chocolate Twist

This mouth watering turon recipe is a testament on how you can be creative with plain turon. This has chocolates inside drizzled with caramel sauce. Yum!

Turon with Ice Cream

Another creative way to eat your Turon is to dip it in your favorite ice cream flavor.

Vanilla Ice Cream Turon - Photo credit to La Diva Gourmet. View turon recipe and more at

Springroll Wrapper

Locally known as lumpia wrapper is readily available in the market but if in case you live in a place where it is not available, you can also make your very own lumpia wrapper.

Three Ladies Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers (Round 22cm 3pks)
Three Ladies Spring Roll Rice Paper Wrappers (Round 22cm 3pks)

-at 22 centimeter.

-Machine Made and Dry.

-Expiration Date is indicated in the package

-Great for Low Carb Diet.


Turon Coated with Caramelized Sugar


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    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Turon is my favorite! A filipino bakery near my house valerios started ube lumpia with lanka.. It is new, but there is nothing like turon especially with the caramelized sugar .. yum!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Yum! I miss this snack. Thanks for sharing.

    • SaintFrantic profile image

      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Great Lens.Thank you

    • Diana888 profile image

      Diana J. Limjoco 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Turon is one of my favorite local deserts. They sell them at the San Jose public market where I get my greens and fresh fish. On the way home I get them still piping hot.