We're Sharing Filipino Cuisine's Best Kept Secret: The Deliciousness of Banana Ketchup Sauce!
Are you tired of using the same old ketchups and sauces in your cooking? Look no further than banana ketchup sauce! This unique condiment is made from mashed ripe bananas, sugar, vinegar, and spices, resulting in a sweet and tangy flavor that will take your meals to the next level.
Why were bananas used to make ketchup?
The history of banana ketchup sauce can be traced back to World War II, when there was a shortage of tomatoes, the main ingredient in traditional ketchup. In an effort to create a substitute, a Filipina food technologist, pharmaceutical chemist, humanitarian, and a war heroine named Maria Y. Orosa used bananas as the base for her ketchup recipe. The idea was a hit and soon banana ketchup became a staple in Filipino households and a favorite condiment for many Filipino dishes.
What does banana ketchup taste like and what can I use it for?
Don't let its humble origins fool you, banana ketchup sauce adds a delicious and unique flavor to any dish.
Banana ketchup sauce has a sweeter taste than tomato ketchup and is commonly used as a dipping sauce for fried dishes such as fried chicken and fried fish, and it's also a common ingredient in marinades for meats, particularly pork and chicken. It is also a staple in the famous filipino-style spaghetti. Here's some extra ideas on how you can use that beautiful red sauce:
- Add it to your adobo sauce for a sweet and tangy twist on the classic dish.
- Mix it with soy sauce and brown sugar for a marinade that will make your barbecue chicken or pork sing.
- Use it as a dipping sauce for crispy fried fish or spring rolls.
- Or you can try our amazing Banana Ketchup Biko Ball Recipe
Banana ketchup is on the rise and for good reason. It has such a delicious and unique flavor profile we believe that it can be a versatile ingredient that can be used in any cuisine, much like it's tomato counterpart.
So, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and give banana ketchup a try. Your taste buds (and your dinner guests) will thank you!
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