Follow us:

Banana Que

Saging na Saba (Cardava Bananas) trees are common in the backyards of Filipino homes especially in provinces. I grew up with saging na saba as my frequent afternoon snack either in the form of turon (Banana Rolls) or  Banana Que, and sometimes, inihaw (Grilled Banana). These are all popular street food, so even during times when we didn't have saging na saba from our backyard, they were always readily available. My favorite is Banana Que which is deep fried saba with caramelized sugar coating in bamboo skewer. It is called such because like the Filipino Barbeque, it is on a bamboo skewer. But it is not grilled. The skewer is just for ease of handling and eating.

Just like me, Clarise and Cherlin love banana que...and we all like it with crispy sugar coating. So unlike my mother who used to add a little water on the caramelized sugar, I don't. Her way of cooking banana que results in a soft and smooth sugar coating. Mine has a crunchy texture.

I'm also sharing this on  Food Trip FridayFoodie Friday, Fat Camp Friday, Friday Potluck@EKat's Kitchen Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home.

  • 4 Large Cardava Banana (not over ripe)
  • 1/2 cup sugar in the raw (this gives a better crunchy texture compared to regular brown sugar)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 bamboo skewers 

1. Trim both ends of each Cardava banana and peel off the skin. Bias slice one of the bananas into 3.

2. In a frying pan, heat just enough vegetable oil to go half way up the bananas. When the oil is really hot, fry the bananas just until both sides turn brown.

3. When the bananas have browned, removed from pan. Remove half of the oil and sprinkle sugar in remaining oil. Add the bananas when sugar starts to caramelized. Toss the bananas until completely covered with sugar.

4. Remove bananas from the frying pan and insert in skewers. Serve warm. 
*This is how the banana cue I used to buy when I was in grade school looked like. One small piece at the bottom and a whole banana on top. Just enough to fill my hungry stomach! :)
Using bamboo skewer is optional, if you wish to sell banana que then you need to have this. But if it's just for home snack, you can just eat it using fork.


  1. Oh how cute! The cutest picture ever! Love this idea and I know my son would too!

  2. wow! ang sarap ng bananaQ. ang tagal ko ng hindi nakakain nito. miss ko na. =)

    my Food Trip is up also at a SAHM hope u can visit!

  3. Nothing like a warm sugary banana on a stick! Your kids faces tell it all-Yum!

  4. super yummy. i also love it using camote.

  5. I would eat all of the bananas! These sound so gooood!!

  6. Yummy! So cute to put a small piece at the bottom and it looks like a small present from far :)
    In SG, we usually just fried the bananas coated with flour which we called the goreng pisang--goreng means 'fried' and pisang means 'banana'
    Have a wonderful weekend Tina! ^.^

  7. i haven't had this in decades. We don't have saba here in the UK. I like it the way you do, with crunchy caramelized sugar, lots of it. Kisses to Clarise and Cherlin. They're adorable! So lucky to have banana que.

  8. Yum! Fried bananas.. I have never tried that, but Im sure bananas always taste great :)

  9. this is so delicious, my saliva is dripping looking at the pics.

  10. We would love ours with a crispy sugar coating too! Your girls are so adorable. Mom's treat makes them happy! It's such a great feeling knowing how happy we make our children with homemade treats. It makes some of the best memories.

  11. with banana or sweet potato, i both love it! and i like the way you do it...yummy! sis, ang pretty ng mga girls mo, i love their smiles...happy kids! thanks for visiting, very much appreciated! wishing you a great weekend! :)

  12. Oh another favorite street food that has loads of fond memories. Got my first kiss as a teen because of Banana Que! Hahaha, Thank you Tina!

  13. How cute are those girls..adorable!
    Your banana que look said crunchy..mmm yum!!!

  14. Your banana que with the crispy sugar coating sounds like such a treat.I know my boys and I would enjoy eating this.

  15. wala ng tatalo jan hehehe yum yum talaga!

    visiting from FTF!

    here's mine:

    hope to see you, thanks!

  16. I miss eating banana Q!!! But I prefer turon with langka. :)

    Doing my hop from this week's FTF! Here's mine:

    Breakfast for Dinner at The Food Encounters.

  17. WOW - these look great! My husband will be super happy to see these. He loves anything banana.

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  18. Where did you buy the Bananas? I can't find them anywhere!

    1. I usually get them from the nearby Asian Store.