Saba banana, also called plantain or cooking banana is a common variety of fruit in the Philippines. This is the reason why saba is a staple ingredients in many traditional desserts as well as street food sold in the local market. Dishes like banana cue, turon, ginataang bilo-bilo and halo-halo, saba banana is also an important component of dishes like pochero.
If you are looking for a food business to start, you can put it up by making and selling another traditional dessert using saba banana as the main ingredient. Starting with minatamis na saing, you can make another dessert from it, the saba con yelo.
There are many version of this recipe such as adding tapioca or small sago pearls to make the saba con yelo more interesting. However, this simple recipe takes out that opinion, but you can always choose to have it. In replace of it, we recommend adding jackfruit strips that is minatamis or preserved to enhance the sweetness of minatamis na saging.
You’ll find it that this recipe is very simple but the business idea is highly profitable. You can bought saba banana in the marketfor about P2 per piece. A serving of saba con yelo is usually sold in local food joints and food carts for about P20 to P30 that use two pieces of banana. In order to know your profit, do the math to figure out how much you can generate by selling tens to hundreds of servings of saba con yelo per day.
- 10 pieces of plantains (saba banana), peeled
- 1 ½ cups of brown sugar
- 6 cups of water
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 can (12 ounces) of evaporated milk
- 1 cup of jackfruit (fresh or preserved), cut into strips
- 4 cups of crushed ice
- Prepare minatamis na saging. Here’s how to do it. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium heat.
- Pour brown sugar into it and continuously stir until it is dissolved. Add vanilla extract afterwards.
- Add peeled saba bananas. Let it cook for about 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and set aside to let it cool down.
- Put two bananas and about 6 tablespoons of its syrup into a bowl. (Bananas can be served whole or can be cut into pieces.)
- Top the bowl with about half cup of crushed or shaved ice.
- Pour a generous amount of evaporated milk and top with jackfruit before serving.
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