Apparently I am still high on that Filipino street food I had last Monday… and now I am having a turon-inspired Nutella banana lumpia (egg roll).
When talking about street food in the Philippines, turon (too-ron) or banana lumpia will probably make the cut. Turon?… is sweet! It is made with sliced bananas (preferably saba), thinly slices of jackfruit, and dusted with brown sugar, then rolled in lumpia wrappers (or egg roll wrappers) and deep fried to golden crisp. You can usually find (or smell!) them selling on the side walk alongside banana cue (caramelized banana on a stick), catering to jeepney drivers and college students on their meryenda (snack) break. They are cheap and so easy to make – you can whip up your own street food at home!
I am basically just making turon but passing over on jackfruit and brown sugar. Instead, I am replacing them with..you’re going to like this.. Nutella! I understand that most of you might not know how to wrap a lumpia, that is why I made a short video to help you. I learned from my mom when I was young and once you get that technique, you can wrap anything! (…anything means egg rolls)
Lumpia wrappers can be found in most Asian grocery stores, usually in the freezer isle. They may come in sheets of 10 to 100, and you will probably see different brands. I use the Pamana brand because I like how they can be easily peeled away, and they are excellent in the fryer too. One thing I notice was once you peel each sheet, they tend to dry out and harden if left out in the open – I suggest you cover them with damp paper towels to avoid this.
- Lumpia wrappers (12 sheets), refrigerated and separated.
- 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
- 1 cup nutella spread
- 1/2 cup cold water, for sealing
- Oil for frying
- If lumpia wrappers were frozen, thaw them overnight in the fridge or on the kitchen counter.
- Carefully separate each lumpia sheet apart. You will only need 12 sheets. Stack them covered with damp paper towels to keep them from drying out.
- Place lumpia wrapper diagonally towards you. Spread about a teaspoon of Nutella at lower one third area (about 3 inches long), then place a banana on top. Spread another teaspoon of Nutella on top of the banana.
- Place the lower corner over the filling, tucking it under the banana then roll once.
- Fold both side edges over the center (to resemble an envelope) then continue to roll until you have about two inches left.
- Seal that last edge with drops of water, the continue to roll until fully sealed.
- Heat oil in a pan (375 degrees F) over medium heat.
- Working in batches, place 3-4 rolls in the pan, fry for about 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until rolls are crisp and golden.
- Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
- Repeat frying process with the rest of the rolls, adding more oil to the pan if necessary.
- Serve while still warm.
- Lumpia wrappers can be found in most Asian groceries, usually in the frozen section.
- The amount of Nutella in each roll is totally up to you. Just don't overstuff them too much.
- You can store uncooked rolls in the freezer for several weeks. Just place them in airtight container, then thaw overnight before frying.