Wednesday 1 August 2012

Deep-fried Banana with Popiah Skin

This is a yummy finger food that mum taught me while we are having a conversation about how to use those banana that I always stock up for our weekly fruit supply. She mentioned that she saw a Taiwan cooking clip from youtube which use fresh "popiah skin" to wrap banana with some Japanese mayonnaise and deep-fried till golden brown.

So without hesitate, I bought some fresh popiah skin and start making some for our morning tea.  After which when I posted this photo on my "Instagram", someone comment that it looks similar to one of their Philippines dessert which is known as Turon or Banana Lumpia.  And when I did a Google, it shows that Turon is a Philippine snack made of thinly sliced bananas and a slice of jackfruit which dusted with brown sugar and rolled in spring roll wrapper and deep-fried.


For my version instead of using Japanese Mayonnaise from mum's description, I have tested it with other fillings such as Nutella and Peanut Butter. Personally I find those with Nutella fillings are just simply awesome which you won't want to stop with just 1 roll. I also have a similar recipe using "slice bread" instead of popiah wrapper which you might want to read up more HERE.

(Make: 4 rolls  | Preparation: 5 minutes    |   Cooking: 5 minutes)

4 Sheets Fresh Popiah Wrapper
2 Ripe Banana, half
Some Nutella, Peanut Butter or Japanese Mayonnaise

1. Place the popiah wrapper on a clean plate and position half of the banana on the lower 1/4 of the wrapper.

2. Spread some Nutella, Peanut Butter or Japanese Mayonnaise sauce on the banana (refer to the photo above).

3. Fold left and right corners of wrapper over filling, overlapping slightly (wrapper will resemble an open envelope).

4. Next dab top corner with some flour solution (1 tablespoon water + 1 teaspoon flour) then roll up wrapper away from you into a long thin roll, making sure ends stay tucked inside.

5. Repeat the steps with the remaining ingredients and deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown.

6. Remove, drain well and serve hot.

Lastly, if you are prefer something more "dim sum" alike, perhaps you can tried using red bean paste with banana, wrapped it and deep-fried. I am sure it taste as good as those with Nutella too!


  1. Ellena, these popiah really looks so good, guess the kids will love it definitely!

  2. How interesting! Japanese mayonnaise in this fried banana? Japanese loves mayo, and I think I'll love these... hehee. Never used popiah wrapper before. I'll check out my Asian store!

  3. At a glance I thought this was similar to something I done last Lunar New Year. Great idea to incorporate Nutella. Mine was blueberries jam and it bleed!

  4. Is the popiah skin same as those frozen skin from tee yih jia?


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