Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese

Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese
Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese. The Pinoy plantain banana is popularly cooked as merienda or snack to almost every Pinoy. Traditionally it is either cooked as Banana-Que, Turon or Maruya. All mentioned cooking method are also very common street food in the Philippines.
Today I want to share a level-up version of the lowly Maruya. First of all let me mention that Maruya is sliced half ripe plantain banana, battered, deep fried and drench with sugar before serving.  

Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana no Cheese

Our Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese is cooked similar to the regular Maruya except that it is topped with quick melt cheese, similar to another popular merienda, the EnsaymadaMaruya or our Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese should be serve at once after cooking, it is also very important to use half ripe plantain banana.

Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana With Cheese Recipe

Did you know that there is a similar Malaysian or Indonesian version of the dish, called Pisang Goreng Cheese literary mean Fried Banana Cheese?

Here is the recipe of my Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana with Cheese, try it

Ingredients

Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana With Cheese  - Plantain Banana

Cheesy Maruya, Fried Banana With Cheese  - Banana Slices

1 and 1/2 c. of vegetable cooking oil
6-8 half ripe saba, plantain bananas, skin peeled
1 egg, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 block quick melt cheese, grated
1/2 tsp. salt
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

After removing the skin of all the bananas, trim both ends of each banana, slice each banana along the length in 3 slices leaving one end intact to keep the slices together, keep aside. In a big bowl prepare the batter by mixing the all purpose, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. When done mix in the beaten egg and about 1 cup of water. The consistency should be similar to a pancake batter, keep aside. Place the raw sugar in a plate, keep aside. When ready to serve, heat generous amount of cooking oil in a small wok. Using your bare hands carefully spread the banana slices to make a fan, and then dip the fan shaped slices in the batter making sure that every slice is coated with the batter. Fry at moderate heat the battered banana slices for about 2 to 3 minutes each side or until golden and crisp. Remove the fried bananas from the wok and drain in kitchen paper towels, keep aside, fry all the bananas. To serve dip on both sides the fried bananas on the plate of raw sugar then top with grated quick melt cheese. Serve immediately.

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