The Philippines is one of the biggest exporters of bananas. We have several varieties of bananas and some of them are best eaten fried, boiled or transformed into sweet snacks. I’ve already featured banana chips which are found worldwide.

Pinasugbo is a less common form of fried bananas which comes from Bacolod City, the capital of the Province of Negros Occidental in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

One of my staff recently came from a quick trip to Bacolod and she brought me a pack of my favorite pinasugbo. Pinasugbo is made from thinly sliced bananas which are deep fried then dunked into dark caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

These are more chewy than crunchy. They are very sticky and not advisable to people with dentures. Thank goodness I still have all my teeth because I love these gooey bananas specially the burnt caramel flavor.

It’s a challenge eating these bananas specially when you get to the part covered with paper. There’s always bits and pieces of banana stuck on the paper. It’s not unusual for me to eat some paper in my efforts to get that last piece of banana. It’s been my most fervent wish that someone makes pinasugbo wrapped with parchment paper and end my paper eating days.


BongBong’s Food Products
UTC Mall, Araneta St.,
Bacolod City
telephone: (034) 434-2626

8 thoughts on “Pinasugbo

  1. I love pinasugbo but I thought by now the makers would have come up with ba better way to wrap the bananas. The only thing that prevents me from buying it is the stupid paper wrap that sticks to the banana.Please come up with a better wrap!!!


  2. There are pinasugbo that are packed without the paper.. In negros, most of their pinasugbo are produced by pasalubong centers.. You should try the home made from iloilo, there you can find the pinasugbo you like without the paper you hate.


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