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Don't Go Bananas

Turon, maruya among TasteAtlas's best deep-fried desserts worldwide

By NICK GARCIA Published Feb 15, 2023 1:08 pm

You can't go bananas on this. Turon and maruya are among the best deep-fried desserts in the world, an international aggregated food guide's list showed.

In TasteAtlas's list of 50 best deep-fried desserts, turon ranked 21st with a score of 4.10 out of 5. Maruya, meanwhile, placed 36th with a score of 3.90 out of 5.

TasteAtlas took note of turon's ingredients, saging na saba and langka.

"The fruit is sliced lengthwise, dusted in brown sugar, enclosed in thin wheat wrappers, then fried until golden and crispy," it said, adding that it's commonly drizzled with caramel or sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds before serving.

The website also took note of maruya consisting of sliced or mashed saging na saba that are dusted with flour, battered, fried until crispy, then served lighlty dusted with sugar.

"They are most commonly eaten as a light snack, sweet breakfast, or a filling afternoon dessert," TasteAtlas said. "These fritters are a favorite among children and can often be found at street stalls throughout the country."

Topping the list was Indonesia's pisang goreng or fried bananas, commonly sold in the streets.

Pisang goreng is coated in batter then fried in shallow oil until golden. Ingredients include plantains, flour, eggs, butter, and sugar, TasteAtlas noted.

TasteAtlas has recognized Philippine cuisine several times.

In September 2022, it named lumpiang shanghai as among the world's best street food. In the same month, it also named five varieties of Filipino pancit as among the best noodle dishes in the world.

The Philippines also placed 19th in TasteAtlas's list of 50 best cuisines worldwide for June 2022.

The country's best-rated dishes on TasteAtlas include lumpiang shanghai, tortang talong, sinigang, inasal na manok, and daing na bangus.