Vegan Turon (Caramelised Plantain + Jackfruit Roll)
Level up your afternoon snack with our vegan turon. Experience the Philippines from home through this authentic street food, which is normally eaten during a designated snack time called merienda (snack time is key!) These crunchy, caramelised fried rolls, filled with ripe slices of plantain and jackfruit, can be eaten hot or cold on it’s own, even better served with a scoop of vegan ice cream – aka the best way to wind down.
For the turon filling:
1 plantain, sliced
50g ripe jackfruit, strips
60g brown sugar, separated
For assembling and frying:
10 pcs spring roll/filo pastry sheets (9x9“)
water, for binding
1 tsp cornstarch, optional
2 cups vegetable oil
First make the turon. Place a couple of plantain and jackfruit strips on the pastry sheet, along the side closer to you. Add ½ teaspoon of brown sugar along the filling. Fold the sides inwards towards the plantain. Dab your fingers in water to moisten the pastry edges, which will make it easier to fold. I tend to add a bit of cornstarch in the water to make a watery paste, as we’d normally have eggs to help with the binding. Roll away from you, whilst trying to pull as you roll for a tighter wrap. Use water to seal the edges and make sure to rest them on the folded edge to tighten seal and prevent unraveling before cooking.
In a deep pan, heat oil (should fill around one inch deep) over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of sugar in the oil (this will then become the caramel coating) and place the turon rolls in. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until golden brown, turning every now and then to prevent them from burning.
Once cooked, take out the turon using tongs and make sure to drain excess oil. Be wary of the hot caramel coating and make sure to not place on a paper towel to drain the oil, as the caramel will stick. Enjoy your turon either hot or cold, or even better with a dollop of vegan ice cream on the side.
by Aliza de Lima
Aliza is our Junior Creative, in between running out for copious amounts of coffee and snacks (give her a biscuit and she's your best friend). On her day off you'll find her exploring an exhibition, and having a chat over our Mac & Greens.