One of the best parts of our day in the ABR shop is when we get to enjoy "merienda". Merienda is an afternoon snack time (generally falling somewhere between 3 and 5 pm) that is observed by Filipino families, schools, and even companies!
Traditional merienda foods include lots of sticky rice-based treats (banana leaf-wrapped suman is our very favorite), food on a stick (BBQ meats, mostly), and of course the "cues". Banana cue and camote (sweet potato) cue are chunks of fruit/veggies that have been fried in oil and hot melted sugar until they're gooey on the inside and crispy/carmelized on the outside. This food is generally served on a stick.
At the ABR shop, we love making our own homemade banana cue, and our shop manager, Linda, shares the recipe so that you can try your hand at this treat, too:
-Saba Banana (depending on where in the world you are, look for "cooking banana" or "plaintains")
- Heat your oil, medium-high. There should be enough oil in your pan to partially submerge the bananas.
- Place the bananas in the oil and begin to fry them, stirring constantly. Add sugar (about 5 tablespoons for 10 pieces of banana), and continue stirring/cooking banana until each piece is coated with carmelized, sticky golden sugar.
- Remove bananas from hot oil/sugar mixture, drain, and place on sticks/skewers.
We hope you enjoy this yummy snack as much as the ABR worker's kids do!